(From the publisher):
From the time they were in their cradles Victoria and Albert were destined for each other; but when Victoria came to the throne and became devoted to her Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne, she had no wish for marriage -- until she saw Albert.
Albert, as the younger son of a minor German Duke, was necessarily ambitious and aware of what marriage with the Queen of England could mean; and when Victoria immediately fell in love with him, he believed his future was secure. But he did not know the Queen's nature and that beneath that clinging femininity was a will of iron. Wholeheartedly affectionate, impulsive, demonstrative, loyal and possessed of a notoriously hot temper, loving to gossip and dance till the early hours of morning, Victoria's character was in complete opposition to that of her serious husband who liked to rise at dawn and retire early.
It was inevitable that during the first years the relationship was stormy. The Queen was in perpetual revolt against any encroachment on her position, as well as the constant pregnancies she had to endure. Albert's battle was for supremacy and he was determined that Victoria should regard herself as his wife first, as Queen second.
These were significant years when British history was shaped by statesmen such as Sir Robert Peel and Lord Palmerston and by great events such as the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny; more than once the Queen came near to death through assassination.
Yet her life was dominated by her husband and family. There was naughty Bertie, brilliant Vicky, placid Alice, delicate Leopold and five other children of the marriage. But for the Queen there was one who meant more than the rest of the world put together -- Albert.
So the Victorian age was created and the power behind the throne was the Queen's Husband.
Original title: The Queen's Husband
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ The "royals"
Fiction→ Historical→ European→ British Isles→ England