The Last Princess: The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria's by Matthew Dennison

By Matthew Dennison

An engrossing biography of Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter that makes a speciality of her dating together with her willful mother---a robust and insightful inspect girls of signi?cant value and in?uence in international history.

Beatrice used to be the final baby born to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Her father died while she used to be 4 and Victoria got here to rely on her youngest daughter totally, and in addition demanded from her whole submission. Victoria was once now not above laying it down regally inspite of her personal youngsters. Beatrice succumbed to her mother’s obsessive love, in order that by the point she was once in her overdue youngsters she was once her consistent significant other and operating her mother’s of?ce, which intended that after Victoria died her daughter grew to become literary executor, a job she performed with Teutonic thoroughness. And even though Victoria attempted to avoid Beatrice however a lot as contemplating love, her protect slipped while Beatrice met Prince Henry of Battenberg. unfortunately, Beatrice inherited from her mom the hemophilia gene, which she handed directly to of her 4 sons and which her daughter Victoria Eugenia, in marrying Alfonso XIII of Spain, in flip handed directly to the Spanish royal family. This new exam will repair her to her right prominence---as Queen Victoria’s moment consort.

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In all the years my father had been gone my mother believed that he was going to come back; maybe that was why she tried as hard as she did to be sane. When the court papers arrived, the truth became official: he was never coming back. She started getting worse by the week. She was seeing a psychiatrist in Forest Hills, a fancy part of Queens. He gave her more and more drugs at higher and higher doses: the top of the dressing table in her bedroom looked like a pharmacy. I don’t know how she could tell one pill from another.

It was as if she had launched me earlier that morning into space, an intelligence probe from the mother ship looking for signs of life in the darkness of the universe. I hated these moments. Her staring eyes, her raw, overwhelming need. I felt helpless, trapped, unable to pull away. One bright, beautiful spring day, I came into the house feeling pretty good. I had just raced Stuie Kornreich home from school and beat him by at least half a block: he was hopelessly slow. Not only that, but I got a ninety-five on a story I wrote about dinosaurs for Mrs.

I kept talking. 39 The Talking Cure “So then we, at lunch, we played basketball and some kid, Anthony, said nobody could jump from this low roof in the schoolyard—and, he’s so stupid, I told him anybody could—that I knew three kids who did it already and then he climbed up and jumped off! He twisted his ankle and had to go to the nurse. ” My mother seemed to grow calmer, her fidgety hands were still, her nervous smile more genuine. Dropping my books on the floor so I could use my hands for description, I went on.

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