By Helen Rappaport
As she did in her seriously acclaimed The final Days of the Romanovs, Helen Rappaport brings a compelling documentary consider to the tale of this royal marriage and of the queen's obsessive love for her husband - a narrative that started as fairy story and led to tragedy.
After the premature demise of Prince Albert, the queen and her country have been plunged right into a kingdom of grief so profound that this one occasion may dramatically adjust the form of the British monarchy. For Britain had not only misplaced a prince: in the course of his twenty yr marriage to Queen Victoria, Prince Albert had more and more played the functionality of King in all yet identify. The outpouring of grief after Albert's demise used to be so severe, that its like wouldn't be visible back until eventually the loss of life of Princess Diana 136 years later.
Drawing on many letters, diaries and memoirs from the Royal information and different missed assets, in addition to the newspapers of the day, Rappaport deals a brand new point of view in this compelling historic psychodrama--the an important ultimate months of the prince's lifestyles and the 1st lengthy, darkish ten years of the Queen's retreat from public view. She attracts a portrait of a queen passionate about her dwelling husband and - after his demise - together with his enduring position in heritage. Magnificent Obsession also will throw new mild at the real nature of the prince's continual actual , overturning for sturdy the 150-year outdated delusion that he died of typhoid fever.
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