By Helen Rappaport
As she did in her significantly acclaimed The final Days of the Romanovs, Helen Rappaport brings a compelling documentary believe to the tale of this royal marriage and of the queen's obsessive love for her husband - a narrative that started as fairy story and led to tragedy.
After the premature dying of Prince Albert, the queen and her country have been plunged right into a nation of grief so profound that this one occasion may dramatically adjust the form of the British monarchy. For Britain had not only misplaced a prince: in the course of his twenty 12 months 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 was once so severe, that its like wouldn't be obvious back till the demise of Princess Diana 136 years later.
Drawing on many letters, diaries and memoirs from the Royal documents and different ignored resources, in addition to the newspapers of the day, Rappaport deals 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 keen about her dwelling husband and - after his dying - along with his enduring position in historical past. Magnificent Obsession also will throw new gentle at the real nature of the prince's persistent actual , overturning for sturdy the 150-year previous fable that he died of typhoid fever.
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