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Spirited and lively, Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter is richly packed with arguments, intrigues, scandals, and secrets, and is a vivid portrait of a princess desperate to escape her inheritance.

The secrets of Queen Victoria's sixth child, Princess Louise, may be destined to remain hidden forever. What was so dangerous about this artistic, tempestuous royal that her life has been documented more by rumor and gossip than hard facts? When Lucinda Hawksley started to investigate, often thwarted by inexplicable secrecy, she discovered a fascinating woman, modern before her time, whose story has been shielded for years from public view.

Louise was a sculptor and painter, friend to the Pre-Raphaelites and a keen member of the Aesthetic movement. The most feisty of the Victorian princesses, she kicked against her mother's controlling nature and remained fiercely loyal to her brothers - especially the sickly Leopold and the much-maligned Bertie. She sought out other unconventional women, including Josephine Butler and George Eliot, and campaigned for education and health reform and for the rights of women. She battled with her indomitable mother for permission to practice the "masculine" art of sculpture and go to art college - and in doing so became the first British princess to attend a public school.

The rumors of Louise's colorful love life persist even today, with hints of love affairs dating as far back as her teenage years, and notable scandals included entanglements with her sculpting tutor Joseph Edgar Boehm and possibly even her sister Princess Beatrice's handsome husband, Liko. True to rebellious form, she refused all royal suitors and became the first member of the royal family, since the 16th century, to marry a commoner. She moved with him to Canada when he was appointed Governor-General.

©2013 Lucinda Hawksley (P)2018 Tantor

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not very factual

early on she speaks of the possible son. later it is suddenly fact. no proof.

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  • Bryan James
  • 07-09-18

The Princess Diana of her time

An Interesting tale of someone you probably hadn't heard of, Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria. She was popular, attractive and clever - and she thought for herself. She had the common touch and related easily to everyone. She championed women's equality and education for girls, as well as being active in many other charities and causes that helped to support society. She broke with royal tradition to marry a Briton, an act that further endeared her to the public, whose distaste for foreign princes at that time ran deep.

The author paints a grim picture of Queen Victoria as a self-obsessed, cruel, controlling and manipulative mother who demanded her children always 'looked after her', be at her beck and call and devote themselves to her alone during her lengthy bereavement.

The story is essentially about how the free-spirited Princess Louise gradually escaped from this prison and came into her own. She took a lover - her sculptor tutor, whom she genuinely loved until he died but couldn't marry. Along the way, she entered into a marriage of convenience with an alleged gay Scottish Lord to finally escape the palace. Needless to say, Queen Victoria had other ideas.

It's also very much about that time in history and an interesting comparison with today's monarcy and society. Very well written (and read) despite evidence of an establishmet cover-up that prevented the author from accessing certain private papers.

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  • Hayley McCoy
  • 08-03-18

quite good.

A very well researched book, which uses many primary sources to give an insight into Princess Louise's life. although there is a great deal of speculation the author cannot be blamed for this, it is quite obvious from the authors own investigations that there has been some kind of cover up regarding the Princess' illigetimate child, marriage infidelity or her unbecoming ways in such a strict era. Either way this book gives you all the history and the rumours and leaves you to make up your mind.

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  • beth
  • 07-19-18

A Woman 100 years ahead of her time.

A wonderful informative book.
Fascinating story.
So well explained and researched.
A wonderful History lesson of Queen Victoria's family.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-15-18

disapointed

im sorry but this book was all seen victoria and albert her daughter was only memotioned on passing was really disapointed

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