The Last Princess

The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria's Youngest Daughter

Matthew Dennison

St. Martin's Press

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An engrossing biography of Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter that focuses on her relationship with her willful mother---a powerful and insightful look into two women of signi?cant importance and in?uence in world history.

Beatrice was the last child born to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Her father died when she was four and Victoria came to depend on her youngest daughter absolutely, and also demanded from her complete submission. Victoria was not above laying it down regally even with her own children. Beatrice succumbed to her mother’s obsessive love, so that by the time she was in her late teens she was her constant companion and running her mother’s of?ce, which meant that when Victoria died her daughter became literary executor, a role she conducted with Teutonic thoroughness. And although Victoria tried to prevent Beatrice even so much as thinking of love, her guard slipped when Beatrice met Prince Henry of Battenberg. Sadly, Beatrice inherited from her mother the hemophilia gene, which she passed on to two of her four sons and which her daughter Victoria Eugenia, in marrying Alfonso XIII of Spain, in turn passed on to the Spanish royal family. This new examination will restore her to her proper prominence---as Queen Victoria’s second consort.

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 British Praise for The Last Princess


“Fascinating.”---Vogue


“Beautifully written, its detail meticulous . . . a confident and disarmingly impressive debut.”---The Daily Telegraph

 

“An engagingly sympathetic, balanced, and intelligent biography.”---The Spectator


“Matthew Dennison has researched assiduously in the Royal Archives at Windsor. He writes well.”---Independent on Sunday

 

“A colourful peephole into Victorian times, as well as the peculiar ways of royalty.”---The Herald


“Dennison tells a sorry, complex story with tact and sympathy.”---The Times

 

“This is an old-fashioned biography about an old-fashioned subject.” ---The Guardian


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Matthew Dennison

Matthew Dennison is a journalist. He writes for The Daily Telegraph, The Spectator, and Country Life. He is married and lives in London and North Wales.

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The Last Princess
The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria's Youngest Daughter
Matthew Dennison

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St. Martin's Press
February 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429981385
ISBN10: 1429981385
320 pages, Includes sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
October 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312564971
ISBN10: 031256497X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages, Includes two 8-page color photo inserts
$21.99
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