An Uncommon Woman: The Empress Frederick, Daughter of Queen Victoria, Wife of the Crown Prince of Prussia, Mother of Kaiser Wilhelm

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Simon and Schuster, 1995 - History - 700 pages
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Drawing on a vast amount of original family documents, including more than 7,000 letters between the Empress and the Queen, Pakula offers an absorbing portrait of a brilliant, determined woman. Vicky, as she was known to her family and friends, was trained by her father, Prince Albert, in the principles of constitutional monarchy and parliamentary government. Sent to Germany with the mission of carrying these liberal concepts back to the land of Albert's birth, the seventeen-year-old encountered the rigidities of a hidebound Prussian court and the "blood and iron" policies of Otto von Bismarck. Vicky's major ally in spreading enlightened liberalism was her husband, the handsome Prince Friedrich Wilhelm, heir to the Prussian and German thrones. A fine general who did not believe in war, Fritz, as he was known, adored Vicky. But their eldest son, the man who would become Kaiser Wilhelm II, turned against his parents, allying himself with the militarism his ultraconservative grandfather and the anti-British foreign policy of Bismarck. Mounting the throne after the untimely death of his father, the young Kaiser abandoned his mother and went on to wage a ruinous war against her beloved England.

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Review: An Uncommon Woman - The Empress Frederick: Daughter of Queen Victoria, Wife of the Crown Prince of Prussia, Mother of Kaiser Wilhelm

User Review  - Mara - Goodreads

This was a in depth book which didn't feel like an in depth book which can be hard to do with this genre! The author really did his research and dug beyond the assumptions and looked at letter ... Read full review

Review: An Uncommon Woman - The Empress Frederick: Daughter of Queen Victoria, Wife of the Crown Prince of Prussia, Mother of Kaiser Wilhelm

User Review  - Carlota - Goodreads

Nice biography of Vicky, a woman who we grow to believe would have made a better Queen of England than her brother ever was as King Edward VII, and also as she was as German Empress, educating a child ... Read full review

Contents

A Note to the Reader
11
Epilogue
599
Selected B1bl1ography
657
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About the author (1995)

Hannah Pakula is the author of "The Last Empress", which was a "New York Times" notable book, "The Last Romantic", which was called by Graham Greene the best biography and one of the three best books of the year, and "An Uncommon Woman", which was a "Los Angeles Times" Book Award finalist. She lives in New York City.

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