Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe

Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe Review

A captivating exploration of the role in which Queen Victoria exerted most international power and influence: as a matchmaking grandmother.

By the 1890s, Queen Victoria had over thirty grandchildren, and to maintain and increase British royal power she was determined to maneuver them into a series of dynastic marriages with the royal houses of Europe.

Yet for all their apparent obedience, her grandchildren often had plans of their own, fueled by strong wills and romantic hearts. Victoria's matchmaking plans were further complicated by the tumultuous international upheavals of the time: revolution and war were in the air, and kings and queens, princes and princesses were vulnerable targets.

Queen Victoria's Matchmaking travels through the glittering, decadent palaces of Russia and Europe, weaving in scandals, political machinations and family tensions to enthralling effect. It is at once an intimate portrait of a royal family and an examination of the conflict caused by the marriages the Queen arranged. At the heart of it all is Victoria herself: doting grandmother one moment; determined Queen Empress the next.

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  • Susan

    Prince Albert and Queen Victoria saw dynastic marriages between their children and European royalty as a safeguard against war, and as a way of creating a balance of power, in Europe, as well as sprea...

  • Nate

    2.5 starsQueen Victoria's Matchmaking is supposed to describe the attempts of Queen Victoria to find partners for her grandchildren in order to ensure their happiness and/or fix them up in a way that ...

  • Jill Meyer

    Queen Victoria - Britain's second-longest reigning monarch - died on January 22, 1901. She'd been a widow since December, 1861 and had worn widows-weeds ever since, mourning her beloved husband, Princ...

  • Jeanette

    This is better than 3 stars- 3.5 star to be fair. Although I'm not quite sure that this is titled correctly or at least as accurately as it could have been titled. Because this is more about Queen Vic...

  • Nicole Burrell

    I remember my mom telling me that, when she was a teenager, her mom [aka my grandma] would approach lifeguards on the beach and brazenly introduce them to her daughters. At the time, I didn’t think ...

  • Jess

    I find Deborah Cadbury to be such a readable writer, that even reading about some of the more well trod territory was really enjoyable. I'd forgotten some of the proposed matches in her and she actual...

  • Christine

    The soap opera that was the royal family at the turn of the 19th century will fascinate devoted Anglophiles. Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren were on the thrones or heirs to the thrones of ...

  • Cait

    This is excellent, Deborah Cadbury is excellent. This was also low key about one of my favourite things: Historical What If's. What if Eddy had lived? What if Frederich was Kaiser longer? What if Ella...

  • Sarah Elizabeth

    I enjoyed this look at the role Queen Victoria played in the marriages of her seven crowned grandchildren. I always enjoy books about Queen Victoria and her descendants and the incredible role the fam...

  • Jenny

    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as “The Grandmother of Europe.”...