‘I hate politics,’ wrote an exasperated Queen Victoria in 1852, but it was a subject which she could not avoid as, each day, the Red Boxes arrived on her desk, filled with parliamentary papers, reports of debates and documents requiring her signature. Although, as a constitutional monarch, she was powerless to make laws, she had a right to be consulted and a duty to advise her ministers, and, despite her protestations that women were not born to govern, her political influence increased as her reign progressed. Her family ties throughout Europe gave her access to information of which her ministers were often unaware; and her many years’ experience of dealing with men of different political persuasions gave her, in the words of Disraeli, ‘an advantage in judgment, which few living persons, and probably no living Prince, can rival.” Of the ten Victorian Prime Ministers, there were some, like the maverick Palmerston, who never ceased to exasperate her; while others, like the charming Disraeli, could do no wrong in her eyes. From the dour and dull to the eccentric and flamboyant, they came and went through her palaces, and their extensive communications show that, far from being the perpetually mourning and self-absorbed ‘widow of Windsor’, she continued to play an active role in the political life of the country and the Empire from the earliest days of her sixty-two reign to the final weeks of her life.
Fleur Edwards beautifully narrates Queen Victoria's Granddaughters, capturing the many accents and characters of the twenty-two princesses and Queens. Please click the link to hear a preview.
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Again narrated by the wonderful Jack Wynters, 'The Innocence of Kaiser Wilhelm II' demonstrates that, far from being a madman or a warmonger, the Kaiser did everything in his power to avoid war. Please click the link to hear a preview.
Which Victorian murderess inspired Thomas Hardy’s ‘Tess of the D’Urbevilles’? Who lived to regret her ‘deathbed’ confession? Was Amelia Dyer mad or wicked? Why did the judiciary look compassionately on women who committed infanticide? Among over eighty women whose stories appear in this book, some were tragic; some were evil; some were mad; and several were undoubtedly innocent of the murders for which they were hanged. While politicians argued about the rights and wrongs of capital punishment, some of these women walked stoically to the gallows; some fainted or screamed in terror at the sight of the noose; and others walked free from the courtroom having ‘got away with murder.’
Also available as audiobooks:
Brilliantly narrated by Jack Wynters, 'Shattered Crowns Trilogy of novels follows the Sovereigns of Russia, Germany & Austria-Hungary from 1913 to 1918.
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The audiobooks are now available on Audible and via Amazon.