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Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore, later Princess Henry of Battenberg, was the last-born - in 1866 - of Victoria and Albert's children and she would outlive all of her siblings to die as recently as 1944. 

Her childhood coincided with her mother's extended period of mourning for her prematurely deceased husband, a circumstance which may have contributed to Victoria's determination to keep her youngest daughter as close to her as possible. She would eventually marry Prince Henry of Battenberg in 1885, but only after overcoming her mother's opposition to their union. 

Beatrice remained Queen Victoria's favourite among her five daughters and became her mother's constant companion and later her literary executor, spending the years that followed Victoria's death in 1901 editing her mother's journals and voluminous correspondence. 

Matthew Dennison's elegantly written biography restores Beatrice to her rightful place as a key figure in the history of the Victorian age and paints a touching and revealing portrait of the life and family of Britain's second-longest-reigning monarch.

©2019 Matthew Dennison (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Distracting and inconsistent

I find the the voice of this transgender author so distracting. Why did they not employ a professional narrator? They rabbit on in french. Then mispronounce common french and english words. So pretentious. The narration detracts from an interesting and well written biography. Will I send this book back? Probably.

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Interesting subject, well researched.

Shines the light on an overlooked daughter who doesn't always get a favourable edit in biographies of her siblings. I do think the author should have let an actor narrate the book as his mannered delivery gets in the way. Another good biography subject would be Princess Helena who in her support for nurse registration came up against Florence Nightingale and sounds a more interesting character than has been portrayed. Good to see books break away from the endless ones written about Queen Victoria.

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Melancholy but interesting

I loved this book. It has a somewhat melancholy tone, but that seemed to sum up much of what is recounted. My only negative comment is that it is somewhat repetitive on occasion, and this extends the narrative where perhaps it could have been shorter. If you love Victoria, this book will be of interest to you though