Queen Victoria's Matchmaking by Deborah Cadbury

Queen Victoria's Matchmaking

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 st...

Details Queen Victoria's Matchmaking

TitleQueen Victoria's Matchmaking
Release DateNov 14th, 2017
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Historical, European Literature, British Literature, Victorian

Reviews Queen Victoria's Matchmaking

  • 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 spreading British values across the continent. With Prince Albert’s death, Queen Victoria was determined to make his vision come true and, with forty two grandchildren, the ‘cousinhood’ formed a unique club at the very top of European society. This ...
  • 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 augments their stability and power. What it actually chronicles is the relationships between the future crowned heads of Europe and Queen Victoria's grandchildren, with Victoria being mentioned regularly but having little actual influence over their ...
  • 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, Prince Albert of Saxe-Gotha. They had had nine children. At the time of her death, Victoria had 20 some-odd grandchildren. It was these children and grandchildren whose marriages with other members of European royalty Victoria plotted as almost her legacy...
  • 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 Victoria's children and grandchildren (and their own choices and departures) just as much as being about the matchmaking tendency that they experienced with their elders and especially with their Matriarch Queen Grandmother. With a huge side category of...
  • 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 anyone could top that level of bold matchmaking. Then I read “Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking” by Deborah Cadbury. Let’s just say Queen V could give my grandma a run for her money.“Matchmaking” chronicles the efforts of Queen Victoria to orc...
  • 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 didn't marry Serge? What if Alix didn't marry Nicholas? What if George married Missy?
  • Michell Karnes
    This book tells about the matchmaking schemes of Queen Victoria. Victoria continued Prince Albert's belief that by marrying his children into various royal houses the peace of Europe would be secure at the hands of family members. After his death the Queen continued this practice. The book though looks at how other family members manipulated events as well. I learned many details before that were unknown to me. I did not realize King George V wan...
  • Jenny
    Extremely well-written, thorough biography of the widowhood of Queen Victoria and her influence over Western civilization as “The Grandmother of Europe.”
  • Beth
    Queen Victoria's Matchmaking tells a story that is more complex than what the title would suggest. The book reads more as an indictment of Prince Albert's grand but naïve vision of a Europe united in peace and harmony by royal intermarriage. Cadbury examines how Queen Victoria (and her descendants) sought to make Albert's vision a reality while simultaneously arguing that these efforts failed to make Europe more peaceful. In support of her argum...
  • Jim Cabaj
    First, "Thank you" to GoodReads and Hatchette Book Group for allowing me an advance look at "Queen Victoria's Matchmaking".Many of us have read about Queen Victoria's power and reign in the world, but I have never come across the details of her matchmaking skills. You read in Queen Victoria's own words on how she influenced and set up her children and grandchildren with other princes, princesses, or other members of the royal families of Europe. ...