By Helen Rappaport
As she did in her severely acclaimed The final Days of the Romanovs, Helen Rappaport brings a compelling documentary think to the tale of this royal marriage and of the queen's obsessive love for her husband - a narrative that begun as fairy story and led to tragedy.
After the premature loss of life of Prince Albert, the queen and her country have been plunged right into a country of grief so profound that this one occasion could dramatically regulate 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 dying used to be so severe, that its like wouldn't be visible back until eventually the dying of Princess Diana 136 years later.
Drawing on many letters, diaries and memoirs from the Royal information and different ignored resources, in addition to the newspapers of the day, Rappaport bargains a brand new viewpoint in this compelling ancient psychodrama--the an important ultimate months of the prince's existence 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 residing husband and - after his loss of life - together with his enduring position in heritage. Magnificent Obsession also will throw new mild at the precise nature of the prince's persistent actual situation, overturning for sturdy the 150-year previous fantasy that he died of typhoid fever.
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