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am 30. Oktober 2008
The best of the lot had to go first - this line said after the death of Princess Diana came into my mind when reading the biographie on Prince Leopold.

Prince Leopold George Duncan Albert, Duke of Albany, was the youngest son and secong youngest child of Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort. Born at Buckingham Palace 7 April 1853 he died already in Cannes 28 March 1884, only two years after his marriage to Helene Princess zu Waldeck and Pyrmont (1861-1922). They had two children: Princess Alice (later the Countess of Athlone) was born 1883 and a son Prince Charles( later to be the sovereign Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha)was born after his father' s death in July 1884.

One might be tempted to say that not much can be written about one of the younger princes who only happen to live 31 odd years.
And indeed it seems that most of his siblings have a much higher profile as the Duke of Albany: Edward VII. as King, Victoria as the Empress Frederick, Alice as Grand Duchess of Hesse, Alfred as Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and the Duke of Connaught as the Queen's favorite son. Only his sisters Helena and Beatrice - like him - seem to less well known. The only thing setting him apart: He was the first member of the royal family suffering from haemophilia.

The well-known author on royalty, Charlotte Zeepvat, has in this excellent rediscoverd this "lost prince". Only too often Leopold was reduced to somebody being sick, to be shield and over-protected by his royal mother. He had too struggle to lead a normal life. Step by step Charlotte Zeepvat let an emerge an interesting and interested, an artistic, a political thinking personality, a prince who became the unofficial private secretary of his mother at a time when his elder brother, The Prince of Wales, could only dream of having political influence.
He was a man of substance, fighting the odds and even achieving to marry. However, the happiness of that was only short-lived.

Charlotte Zeepvat has a unique style how she presents the reader the life of this long-lost prince. The biography is well-written, lively, elegant and with knowledge and sympathie without being too loyal. I immensely enjoyed it and can only recommded it by giving 5 stars
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am 19. Oktober 2010
The biography about Leopold, the youngest of Queen Victoria's sons, is quite touching, informative and interesting.
Throughout his life, Leopold tried to obtain a certain independency from his dominating and selfish mother - and in the end he succeeded. Helas his life was too short as he died of young age from his bleeding desease. Despite his early death, Leopold managed to go to univercity and lead a life on its own, find friends and even a wife and have children - which Victoria in her selfish manner tried to prevent. She wanted Leopold, due to his handicap, to stay with her and be her private secretary and companion for the rest of her life. Fortunately he escaped and had the time to develop and lead a fulfilled life. His younger sister Beatrice was then the victim of her mother - but even she partially succeeded in getting her escape through marrying the man she loved - the prince of Battenberg - who unfortunately also died young.
The book is really interesting and reveals a story of how Queen Victoria abused the life of her own children for her personal selfish purposes.
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am 17. August 2014
Damals noch gänzlich unbekannt , war Hämophälie - auch Bluterkrankheit genannt - eine Erbkrankheit, die Königin Viktoria an viele ihrer männlichen Erben weitergeben würde. Ihr jüngster Sohn Leopold war der Erste, der davon in ihrer Familie betroffen war. Und wie es eben zu dieser Zeit üblich war, konnte die Königin nun gar kein Verständnis für diesen kleinen Kerl mit seinen ständigen blauen Flecken und Lähmungserscheinungen aufbringen. Er wurde streng gemaßregelt und kontrolliert. Später, nach Alberts Tod, als sie realisieren musste, dass es sich hier nicht um Launen ihres Sohnes sondern um eine ernsthafte Krankheit handelte, sah sie ihre Chance, ihren Sohn stets bei sich zu haben, um ihn angeblich zu beschützen, aber eigentlich, um ihn in die Position ihres verstorbenen Mannes -- als ihren Assistenten -- zu zwingen. Danach stand nun Leopolds hoch intelligenter Kopf gar nicht und er sehnte sich danach, ein Leben wie andere Jungs und Männer zu führen. Immerhin setzte er ein Studium in Oxford durch, sehr zum Leidwesen seiner Mutter, die ihn ständig zu einen ihrer Schlössern zurück beorderte und sein Studium unterbrach. Es ist ein Wunder, dass er es so weit gebracht hat, dass er sogar heiraten und zwei Kinder zeugen konnte. Die Tragik dieser Geschichte liegt nicht in der Tatsache dieser Krankheit, über die so wenig bekannt war, sondern in der rigiden und verständnislosen Haltung seiner Mutter. Sie hat ihn nie wirklich gekannt; das macht die Autorin sehr klar. Die Geschichte ist akribisch recherchiert und gut dargestellt. Allerdings sind die vielen Akteure in der Geschichte mit ihren Namen und Titeln oft etwas verwirrend. Für geschichtsinteressierte Leser empfehlenswert!
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am 26. Juli 2015
The little known and oft forgotten Leopold emerges as a very likeable young man, managing a serious illness very well, despite a smothering mother. I found it difficult to put the book away - well written and the author does not talk down to her readers. It gives the impression of being well researched by a sympathetic historian who can really write.
Will have to buy it again - it's a kindle version, and for photographs, this is unsatisfactory. Hard-cover will be hitting my bookshelves soon.
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am 21. August 2011
"The best of the lot had to go first" - this line said after the death of Princess Diana came into my mind when reading the biographie on Prince Leopold.

Prince Leopold George Duncan Albert, Duke of Albany, was the youngest son and secong youngest child of Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort. Born at Buckingham Palace 7 April 1853 he died already in Cannes 28 March 1884, only two years after his marriage to Helene Princess zu Waldeck and Pyrmont (1861-1922). They had two children: Princess Alice (later the Countess of Athlone) was born 1883 and a son Prince Charles( later to be the sovereign Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha)was born after his father' s death in July 1884.

One might be tempted to say that not much can be written about one of the younger princes who only happen to live 31 odd years.

And indeed it seems that most of his siblings have a much higher profile as the Duke of Albany: Edward VII. as King, Victoria as the Empress Frederick, Alice as Grand Duchess of Hesse, Alfred as Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and the Duke of Connaught as the Queen's favorite son. Only his sisters Helena and Beatrice - like him - seem to less well known. The only thing setting him apart: He was the first member of the royal family suffering from haemophilia.

The well-known author on royalty, Charlotte Zeepvat, has in this excellent rediscoverd this "lost prince". Only too often Leopold was reduced to somebody being sick, to be shield and over-protected by his royal mother. He had too struggle to lead a normal life. Step by step Charlotte Zeepvat let an emerge an interesting and interested, an artistic, a political thinking personality, a prince who became the unofficial private secretary of his mother at a time when his elder brother, The Prince of Wales, could only dream of having political influence.
He was a man of substance, fighting the odds and even achieving to marry. However, the happiness of that was only short-lived.

Charlotte Zeepvat has a unique style how she presents the reader the life of this long-lost prince. The biography is well-written, lively, elegant and with knowledge and sympathie without being too loyal. I immensely enjoyed it and can only recommded it by giving 5 stars.
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am 5. August 2014
A good, informative read. It contains a lot of excerpts from private correspondence and many interesting details.
The only problem with the kindle edition of the book is that the family trees at the end of the book are barely visible.
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am 16. September 1999
Authors usually writes about famous people, kings and queens, politicians, artists, scientists, etc. This biography is different because is about the obscure and sad life of a young prince and his struggle with haemophilia. Prince Leopold lived always under the shadow of his powerful mother, Queen Victoria, who overprotected him because of his illness. As you read the book you get to know and love this shy and intelligent young prince. The book is interesting because the author gives us a theory about why the haemophilia gene appeared on Queen Victoria's genetic code. She analyses th Queen's genealogical tree on the female line and discovers that many of her female ancestors'sons died in infancy so they may had been haemophiliacs. This is a more interesting theory than that of thinking than Queen Victoria was an illegitimate child, not being the Duke of Kent's daughter but being the daughter of her mother's lover, who could have been an haemophiliac.
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am 7. April 2000
I have read many royal and historical biographies, but I must say that this book did not live up to my expectations. I found it written in an illogical manner, and could not keep my interest in it at all. I was very eager to read about things that had not come to light in other books, but everything I read about I have read in other books concerning Queen Victoria.
TWO STARS
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