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The Mystery of Princess Louise: Queen Victoria's Rebellious Daughter

The Mystery of Princess Louise: Queen Victoria's Rebellious Daughter

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 rumour and gossip than hard facts?

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ISBN 9781845951542
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Published 2 February 2015 by Vintage
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Author(s) By Hawksley, Lucinda
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ISBN-13 9781845951542
ISBN-10 1845951549
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage
Publication Date 2 February 2015
International Publication Date 20 November 2014
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Hawksley, Lucinda
Category Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
Biography & Autobiography: Royalty
Number of Pages 416
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 27mm
Weight 311g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Princesses - Great Britain, Great Britain - History - Victoria, 1837-1901, Louise
NBS Text Biography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 941.081092
Catalogue Code 585272

Description of this Book

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 rumour 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 rumours of Louise's colourful 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 to marry a commoner since the sixteenth century. Spirited and lively, The Mystery of Princess Louise is richly packed with arguments, intrigues, scandals and secrets, and is a vivid portrait of a princess desperate to escape her inheritance.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The fullest biography yet of a princess who was friends with Josephine Butler, a feminist and advocate for the health of sex workers, well deserves its place on the shelf -- Lucy Worsley Sunday Express I've always wanted to know more about Princess Louise... Biographies of Kate Perugini and Elizabeth Siddal - who moved in similar artistic circles - drew Hawksley to her. Court secrecy meant that resourcefulness was needed to write it -- Ruth Richardson Times Higher Education Lively, engaging and buoyantly enthusiastic, Hawksley's gallant but necessarily speculative book should encourage the royal archivists to stop being so protective -- Miranda Seymour Sunday Times Hawksley's entertaining and lengthy book gives a vivid insight into Victorian royal life and the repressions and sexual hypocrisies of those days -- Anthony Looch UK Press Syndication Satisfyingly replete with eye-popping stories of life at the various palaces -- Rachel Cooke Observer
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Lucinda Hawksley is a writer and lecturer on art history and nineteenth-century history. She has written biographies of the pre-Raphaelite muse Lizzie Siddal, Charles Dickens, and Katey, one of Dickens' children. She is the great great great granddaughter of Charles and Catherine Dickens and is a patron of the Charles Dickens Museum in London.

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