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  • A Biography of Princess Louise
  • Written by: Lucinda Hawksley
  • Narrated by: Jennifer M. Dixon
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter

Written by: Lucinda Hawksley
Narrated by: Jennifer M. Dixon
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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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Queen Victoria always at her worst as a mother!

I loved the story of Princess Louise. Queen Victoria looked at all her children except Beatrice on how they could serve her. They were her puppets. Louise had something in her that the others didn’t. She had gumption and she had dreams. She was the first member of the royal family to marry a commoner. She fought hard for what she wanted, always the peace keeper and is said to be the most beautiful of all of Victoria and Alberts children well into her golden years. Victoria lived to drive wedges between her children so they would not get close and would compete for the love and attention of the Queen who’s ego could not handle them loving anyone other than herself. I’m sure the selfish Queen had good attributes however they died with her darling Albert. She was a walking hypocrite and Louise deserved better than what her mother gave her. Have a listen! This revealing book about a flighty princess (according to her mother but I think was just an act to flabbergast the Queen) is well worth any money spent. I love everything Victorian and by the end of Louise’s story you will love the time and loath the Queen. Happy listening!

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