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We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals | [Gillian Gill]

We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals

It was the most influential marriage of the 19th century and one of history's most enduring love stories. Traditional biographies tell us that Queen Victoria inherited the throne as a naive teenager, when the British Empire was at the height of its power, and seemed doomed to find failure as a monarch and misery as a woman until she married her German cousin Albert and accepted him as her lord and master.
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It was the most influential marriage of the 19th century and one of history's most enduring love stories. Traditional biographies tell us that Queen Victoria inherited the throne as a naive teenager, when the British Empire was at the height of its power, and seemed doomed to find failure as a monarch and misery as a woman until she married her German cousin Albert and accepted him as her lord and master.

Now renowned chronicler Gillian Gill turns this familiar story on its head, revealing a strong, feisty queen and a brilliant, fragile prince working together to build a family based on support, trust, and fidelity, qualities neither had seen much of as children.

The love affair that emerges is far more captivating, complex, and relevant than that depicted in any previous account. The epic relationship began poorly. The cousins first met as teenagers for a few brief, awkward, chaperoned weeks in 1836. At 17, charming rather than beautiful, Victoria already showed signs of wanting her own way. Albert, the boy who had been groomed for her since birth, was chubby, self-absorbed, and showed no interest in girls, let alone this princess. So when they met again in 1839 as queen and presumed prince-consort-to-be, neither had particularly high hopes. But the queen was delighted to discover a grown man, refined, accomplished, and whiskered. "Albert is beautiful!" Victoria wrote, and she proposed just three days later.

As Gill reveals, Victoria and Albert entered their marriage longing for intimate companionship, yet each was determined to be the ruler. This dynamic would continue through the years, with each spouse, headstrong and impassioned, eager to lead the marriage on his or her own terms. For two decades, Victoria and Albert engaged in a very public contest for dominance.

©2009 Gillian Gill; (P)2009 Random House

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    Cheryl Shakopee, MN, USA 08-07-09
    Cheryl Shakopee, MN, USA 08-07-09 Member Since 2008
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    "I found it extremely moving."

    I really enjoyed this one. Rosalynn Landor is one of my favorite narrators and this title was really worthy of her.

    Gillian Gill manages to create a picture of Victoria and Albert that I had never seen. She provides us the portrait of a marriage between two people, not between an icon of queenly dignity and her idolized mate. I actually cried a little when Albert died. That's pretty rare for me with historical non-fiction.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Hamilton, Bermuda 10-15-11
    Joy Hamilton, Bermuda 10-15-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Honest account of mythical marriage"

    This book gives an accurate view of the ups and downs in the Queen's marriage and an alarming view of the ambition and power the Prince wrested from the Queen. It is possibly a blessing that his life was cut short as he was determined to change England to suit his German ambitions. I was disappointed in Victoria's lack of interest in her position and what a contrast to our present Queen who has been a true monarch with unfailing loyalty and dedication.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    W Marina, CA, United States 01-01-10
    W Marina, CA, United States 01-01-10
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    "Intriguing"

    This was an intriguing bio of one of the most powerful and influential British queens. I particularly liked how the author treated Albert/Victoria and their relationship. This was a wonderful and entertaining book. I recommend to all.

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    Christine Los Angeles, CA, USA 01-07-10
    Christine Los Angeles, CA, USA 01-07-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Fascinating Subjects"

    Gillian Gill's very well written chronicle of the personal, domestic lives of Albert and Victoria, of English society in the mid-19th century, and of European states at the time, had me completely engrossed. The material was delightfully presented and the narrator's voice a perfect match for the text. I learned so much about the period while being so thoroughly entertained.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kaye NASHVILLE, TN, United States 08-24-14
    Kaye NASHVILLE, TN, United States 08-24-14 Member Since 2005
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    "I guess she doesn't like Prince Albert"

    Read from March 27 to April 20, 2012

    3.5 stars

    Audiobook read by Rosalyn Landor (excellent reader). Started 3/27/12. Stopped listening 4/20/12 (after the chapter on the Great Exhibition). Gill is NOT a fan of Prince Albert and paints him as a power-hungry, controlling misogynist, quite different from Victoria's romanticized version. But it was good to hear about English society's negative view of him/the Great Exhibition.

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    Pita1957 Miami 08-05-14
    Pita1957 Miami 08-05-14 Member Since 2013

    Life long compulsive reader; lover of good literary fiction and historical fiction. Quickly becoming a compulsive listener as well.

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    Would you listen to We Two again? Why?

    This is a very detailed account of the relationship between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The book proves, once again, that life can be just as fascinating as fiction. The book is very well researched and it brings the historical figures to life without idealizing them (or vilifying them). Because of the amount of detail and the fact that this work reads like as a novel and it is very entertaining it can stand a second reading. I really enjoyed it.


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    I love Rosalyn Landor. She was perfect for this.


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