Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy

Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy

In this companion biography to the acclaimed Victoria, A. N. Wilson offers a deeply textured and ambitious portrait of Prince Albert, published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the royal consort’s birth.

For more than six decades, Queen Victoria ruled a great Empire at the height of its power. Beside her for more than twenty of those years was the love of her life, her trusted husband and father of their nine children, Prince Albert. But while Victoria is seen as the embodiment of her time, its values, and its paradoxes, it was Prince Albert, A. N. Wilson expertly argues, who was at the vanguard of Victorian Britain’s transformation as a vibrant and extraordinary center of political, technological, scientific, and intellectual advancement. Far more than just the product of his age, Albert was one of its influencers and architects. A composer, engineer, soldier, politician, linguist, and bibliophile, Prince Albert, more than any other royal, was truly a “genius.” It is impossible to understand nineteenth century England without knowing the story of this gifted visionary leader, Wilson contends.

Albert lived only forty-two years. Yet in that time, he fathered the royal dynasties of Germany, Russia, Spain, and Bulgaria. Through Victoria, Albert and her German advisers pioneered the idea of the modern constitutional monarchy. In this sweeping biography, Wilson demonstrates that there was hardly any aspect of British national life which Albert did not touch. When he was made Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in his late twenties, it was considered as purely an honorific role. But within months, Albert proposed an extensive reorganization of university life in Britain that would eventually be adopted, making it possible to study science, languages, and modern history at British universities—a revolution in education that has changed the world.

Drawn from the Royal archives, including Prince Albert’s voluminous correspondence, this brilliant and ambitious book offers fascinating never-before-known details about the man and his time. A superb match of biographer and subject, Prince Albert, at last, gives this important historical figure  the reverence and recognition that is long overdue.

Title:Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy
ISBN:9780062749574
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  • Jill Hutchinson

    An in-depth look at the life of Queen Victoria's husband and Prince Consort, Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. I have decided that I have probably read too much about Victoria, her reign, her marriage, an...

  • Olishka

    A.N. Wilson is a tabloid journalist for The Daily Fail with zero training - and thus of course, no career - in historical methodology. He is known for calling Charles Darwin a fraud in another one of ...

  • Amy

    A solid biography about Prince Albert and yet, occasionally, the author's comments were a bit irksome. The modern reader understands society was arguably more patriarchal and misogynistic during Princ...

  • Bob

    Summary: A full length biography, Prince Consort of Queen Victoria, stressing his contributions to cultural and political life in Victorian England, published on the two hundredth anniversary of his b...

  • Katedurie50

    This is an essentially solid biography of the most solid (humourless, serious and deeply controlling) of consorts. Wilson explains a good deal of Albert's personality in terms of his family background...

  • Mary

    I never expected a biography of Prince Albert to be so enjoyable. I started this with middling expectations, ended Up liking and admiring him very much.It was tragic that he died at 42, but he lived ...

  • Jennifer

    I really skimmed a lot of this one. I’m not exactly sure who is the intended audience. I wanted to know more about Albert the person. This is a history textbook that sometimes mentions him. My AP Mo...

  • Sandy

    Dry but interesting in spots. Definitely want to go to the Victoria and Albert Museum next time I go to London....

  • Marilyn Rondeau

    In actuality I was pretty amazed after reading this book at the intellect of Prince Albert and the role he played during the 20 short years he was married to Victoria. His accomplishments, his energy ...

  • Bookreporter.com Biography & Memoir

    For those impassioned by all things Victoriana, A.N. Wilson’s generously detailed biography of the iconic British sovereign’s beloved husband, Albert, brings long-overdue recognition to a complex,...