Queen Victorias Youngest Son: The Untold Story of Prince Leopold by Charlotte ZeepvatThis admirable biography is a moving tribute to a prince who overcame much suffering, and it gives us a better understanding both of Victoria royal history and of a family coping with disability.
One of those rare biographies that you will read again and again.
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A poignant small masterpiece, a book that constitutes an illuminating entré into the multifaceted Victorian world.
Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, was the most intelligent of Queen Victoria’s four sons. He was the youngest, a strong-willed, likeable character with an immense thirst for life who faced two overwhelming handicaps. One was haemophilia, then barely understood, which might have killed him at any moment, and in any case subjected him to recurring pain and disability. The other was his mother’s determination to keep complete control over his life.
Leopold’s struggle for independence is a compelling human story, using previously unseen correspondence to explore his illness and treatment, his troubled and often stormy relationship with the Queen, and his place in the royal family. It touches on the wider worlds of Victorian Oxford and of literature, art and politics and the varied friendships he made, with Lewis Carroll, John Ruskin, Oscar Wilde, and Disraeli among others. Set against this background, Leopold’s story is a moving account of one man’s search against the odds for personal happiness and a meaningful role in the world.
Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany
Born Leopold George Duncan Albert. He was the son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. He was diagnosed with haemophilia as a baby, which later led to his death as an adult. Start planning a trip now. Thank you for fulfilling this photo request. An email has been sent to the person who requested the photo informing them that you have fulfilled their request.
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Born on April 7, at Buckingham Palace , Leopold was described as delicate from a very early age. His godparents were:.
The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over , works, , of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day. Sitter associated with 61 portraits The birth of Leopold was the first at which Victoria used chloroform, thus sanctioning the use of anaesthesia recently developed by James Young Simpson. Leopold inherited the disease of haemophilia from his mother and spent most of his childhood as a semi-invalid. He also suffered from epilepsy, an illness that affected the course of his life.