By Helen Rappaport
As she did in her seriously acclaimed The final Days of the Romanovs, Helen Rappaport brings a compelling documentary suppose 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 resulted in tragedy.
After the premature demise of Prince Albert, the queen and her kingdom have been plunged right into a nation of grief so profound that this one occasion might dramatically modify the form of the British monarchy. For Britain had not only misplaced a prince: in the course of his twenty yr 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 demise used to be so severe, that its like wouldn't be noticeable 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 standpoint in this compelling historic psychodrama--the the most important ultimate months of the prince's lifestyles and the 1st lengthy, darkish ten years of the Queen's retreat from public view. She attracts a portrait of a queen enthusiastic about her residing husband and - after his loss of life - together with his enduring position in background. Magnificent Obsession also will throw new mild at the actual nature of the prince's power actual , overturning for stable the 150-year outdated fantasy that he died of typhoid fever.
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