Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter: A Biography of Princess Louise

Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter: A Biography of Princess Louise

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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 sixteenth century, to marry a commoner. She moved with him to Canada when he was appointed Governor-General.

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.

Title:Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter: A Biography of Princess Louise
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    Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter: A Biography of Princess Louise Reviews

  • Chrissie

    I highly recommend Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter: A Biography of Princess Louise by Lucinda Hawksley! The book is well researched. The author has put a big effort into gathering information, mu...

  • Jaylia3

    Of all of Queen Victoria’s nine children, Princess Louise was perhaps the most un-Victorian, making her a very interesting royal to read about. Louise painted and sculpted, hung around with pre-Raph...

  • Jan

    Queen Victoria had nine children (who all looked exactly alike, btw) between 1841 and 1857, although she was frightened of childbirth and didn't like children. And she wasn't a very good mother... Go ...

  • Lucy Traves

    Very well written and interesting, but rather too much speculation for my taste. It annoyed me that events that the author made educated, and not unreasonable, guesses about were stated as facts later...

  • Louise

    It appears that the efforts to keep Princess Louise a mystery have worked. Take a look at the descriptive entry that begins the Goodreads page for Victoria's Daughters . Her name is omitted from the i...

  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)

    The mystery of Princess Louise is that the Royal Archives and other usual repositories of letters, diaries, and other documents, have locked up the papers of Louise. Normally papers of this sort are a...

  • Beth

    Like many, I find myself intrigued by royalty. Any royalty, really - but particularly in England, So the premise of this book, about a daughter of Queen Victoria who seems to have been somewhat erased...

  • Tamara Willems

    Very, very rarely will I quit a book, I find it very hard to do and much prefer to plug ahead and hope for some bit of redemption on the author's part to draw me in. On that note, I just have to say I...

  • Paula

    Even after reading this entire book, I’d say that Princess Louise is still pretty mysterious. I appreciate author Lucinda Hawksley’s interest in trying to flesh out this woman’s life, but the pa...

  • Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)

    While the first quarter of this book flew quickly by, it soon began to drag. I put it down repeatedly and read several books before I managed to finish it, and by the end I was skimming. Part of that ...