- A new look at Queen Victoria’s personal and political relationships with contemporary Imperial European powers
- A hitherto rarely-explored sidelight on 19th century royal history
- An entertaining read for the general reader and royalty enthusiast
Queen Victoria and the European Empires is a comprehensive history of Queen Victoria’s personal and political relationships with the emperors and empresses and kings and queens of France, Germany, Austria, and Russia. Victoria had close familial ties with the royal houses of Germany long before the King of Prussia became the German Emperor in 1871, as well as strong personal bonds with the exiled French Emperor and Empress and their son, the Prince Imperial, after the fall of the French Empire in 1870. In addition to detailing these connections, this volume explores Victoria’s often strained relations with her grandson, William II, and her tumultuous interactions with Russian emperors.
John Van der Kiste weaves together these many strands to provide a fascinating picture of European royalty from the 1830s to the early 1900s. The author also includes a substantial collection of contemporary portraits, offering a rich illustration of the pomp and ceremony of the era.
John Van der Kiste has published over forty books, including works on royal and historical biography, local history, true crime, music and fiction, and is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. His previous titles include Queen Victoria’s Children, Kaiser Wilhelm II, The Romanovs: Tsar Alexander II of Russia and his Family, Alfred – Queen Victoria’s Second Son, The Prussian Princesses: The Sisters of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Jeff Lynne: Electric Light Orchestra, Before and After and Pop Pickers and Music Vendors: David Jacobs, Alan Freeman, John Peel, Tommy Vance and Roger Scott. He lives in Devon.
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Extent: 208 pages
Illustrations: 47 black-and-white illustrations