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

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

Queen Victoria s Mysterious Daughter A Biography of Princess Louise 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 by

  • Title: Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter: A Biography of Princess Louise
  • Author: Lucinda Hawksley
  • ISBN: 9781250059321
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 by rumor and gossip than hard facts When Lucinda Hawksley started to investigate, often thwarted by inexplicable secrecy, she discovered a fascinating woman, modern beforThe 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 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.

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    1. Jaylia3 on said:

      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-Raphaelites, and was a member of the Aesthetic movement. She also embraced exercise, admired unconventional women like novelist George Eliot, supported women’s rights when even her libertine brother Bertie believed females should be compliant and submissive, refused to marry a foreign prince, almost c [...]

    2. Louise on said:

      It appears that the efforts to keep Princess Louise a mystery have worked. Take a look at the descriptive entry that begins the page for Victoria's Daughters . Her name is omitted from the introductory sentence and in what it says about her in summary is not exactly so.Lucinda Hawskley did her best to get access to the princess’s records. They are closed at British government sources as well as at private collections. Even the files of her tutors have been taken into royal collections and sea [...]

    3. Beth on said:

      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 from history, was definitely of interest. Knowing how the royals are covered these days, and how prominent a position they often play, I was curious how a Princess could justdisappear. Lucinda Hawksley has done a great job of attempting to explain that very thing. Princess Louise appears to be one [...]

    4. Biblio Files (takingadayoff) on said:

      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 available for biographers and scholars to examine on request, so why the big secrecy? Not to be thwarted, biographer Lucinda Hawksley has found letters and diaries of Louise's correspondents, interviews with some who knew her, and news accounts of Louise's public appearances, piecing together a remar [...]

    5. Rebecca Huston on said:

      Finally, getting the review up for this one! A very interesting, and so far4 for me, the best book of the recent batch about Princess Louise, fourth daughter of Queen Victoria. I like how that the author focused on Louise's artistic abilities and patronage, and not quite so much on the various rumours about an illegitimate child, various lovers, and the other sorts of tabloid fodder. It's very readable, well-researched and interesting right up to the end. Four stars overall, and a recommendation [...]

    6. Lucy Traves on said:

      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 in the book.

    7. Tamara Willems on said:

      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 was rather disappointed by this one. I read a lot of biographies and particularly enjoy ones in this era, however when first I read in the introduction that the author was unable to access much viable information and instead choose to rely on gossip and rumour to base her research on I start our v [...]

    8. Stephanie Graham Pina on said:

      Lucinda Hawksley, undeterred by lack of access to certain archives, has written a riveting account of Princess Louise. Known as Queen Victoria’s rebellious daughter, Louise was forward-thinking, artistic and outspoken. Ahead of her time, Princess Louise proves herself to be a strong and independent woman in spite of her royal constraints.“She is very indiscreet, and from that making mischief constantly”–Queen Victoria describing Princess LouiseLouise was an unusual princess. Inspired by [...]

    9. Jaclyn on said:

      I won a copy of this book in a giveaway.Princess Louise was the sixth of Queen Victoria's nine children and, as it turns out, a rather interesting person. Lucinda Hawksley does a lovely job of taking readers through the life of the Princess, from her stifling childhood under the wing of her famously critical mother to her death on the eve on World War II. It talks about the scandals in her life (the rumors of an illegitimate child conceived while still an unmarried teenager, her marriage to a q [...]

    10. Dana Loo on said:

      Biografia molto laboriosa per la Hawksley. Blindati a tutt'oggi gli archivi storici e quindi i documenti che riguardavano la vita privata della Principessa bohémien, l'autrice ha dovuto ricostruire tutto per vie traverse, tramite documenti storici di altri personaggi regali e non, testimonianze di parenti, amici, giornali d'epoca etcNe viene fuori un ritratto abbastanza esauriente ma basato spesso su supposizioni che comunque nn sminuiscono l'interesse intorno a questa figura di donna passional [...]

    11. Kate Forsyth on said:

      n recent months, I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction books written by the British biographer Lucinda Hawksley, and enjoyed them all. So I was drawn to read this biography of one of Queen Victoria’s daughters as much by the author as by the promise of the blurb: ‘packed with intrigues, scandals and secrets, (this is) a vivid portrait of a royal desperate to escape her inheritance.’ I was not disappointed. Lucinda Hawksley has a knack for bringing stories alive on the page, and Princess [...]

    12. Melanie on said:

      Fascinating! What a forward-thinking, modern woman she was, and what great friends she had. I was especially fascinated by the Pre-Raphaelite connections, of course.The flaws in this book have nothing to do with Hawksley's writing or research - she did a wonderful job with the resources she was allowed to see. Someday, I hope, the archives will be opened, and a more comprehensive biography will be written.

    13. Penny on said:

      3.5Intriguing how the Royal Archives remain firmly closed when it comes to Princess Louise. Hawksley does her best with the lack of material but I feel she sometimes assumes too much and I'm a long way from being convinced that all her theories about Louise are true.Enjoyable read though.

    14. Paula on said:

      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 paper trail is just not there. As to why no one can access the papers and letters of Princess Louise, all is conjecture, because nobody's talking. This author’s theory is that Louise was scandalous, having a baby out of wedlock while still living in Buckingham Palace and (perhaps) many lovers, so th [...]

    15. Susan Liston on said:

      All I really knew about Princess Louise was that she married some Scottish guy, lived in Canada and there is bunch of stuff there named after her, and she was a sculptor. But now I know a lot more. This is a decent straightforward biography and quite interesting, she lived a rather bohemian life for her position and time. (Did they really want to name the province of Alberta "Louise"?)

    16. Joan on said:

      I do not feel that the author made her case in this book. Stipulated that according to her, she was denied access to many collections that might have been able to help her make her case, I still feel too much of this book was gossip driven, not fact driven. The possibility that the Princess may have had a kid out of wedlock doesn't bother me. Nor do I think it would bother the royal family today after Diana and some of her sister in laws' behavior. Really, the author defeated her own case by pre [...]

    17. Caroline on said:

      Before Princess Diana, there was another 'People's Princess', who won the sympathy and affection of people all across the world and is still remembered fondly in a way that few other of Queen Victoria's children are. Princess Louise is by far the most sympathetic of all Victoria's children, if only because she is the most recognisably modern. She was a bridge between the Victorian and modern world, living through the reigns of Victoria, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, George VI, through the u [...]

    18. Barbara on said:

      This was a fascinating book about someone I knew virtually nothing about. Princess Louise had a long and interesting life. She was a sculptor and painter who knew many of the artists of her time: the Pre-Raphaelites, Edward Lutyens, James Whistler, and many others. She was accepted not as a royal amateur, but as a genuine artist. Her sculpture of a seated Queen Victoria can still be seen in Kensington Gardens. The few works of hers I saw on the internet looked quite good to me. I'd like to see m [...]

    19. Linda on said:

      While touring Stirling Castle a few years ago, I saw a painting of a beautiful young woman and was surprised to learn she was one of the daughters of Queen Victoria. I felt strangely drawn to her and wanted to know more about her. I finally got around to reading this book and became more and more intrigued as I read her story. As compelling as what we know about her is, what we don't know about her seems to drive the story. Why are her files closed? It's 2016 for goodness sakes! IF she had a chi [...]

    20. Laura Lee on said:

      Started to say book was three and a half but as I was writing I realized the book was much better than that. I have read this author before and enjoyed her other book very much. She is excellent non fiction author. I think though the way she reads she'd be excellent at fiction as well. Interestingly enough she is the great great great granddaughter of Charles Dickens. Princess Louise was a very interesting woman. She was a suffragette who had to pretty much hide it because of her mother, she was [...]

    21. Christine on said:

      I really enjoyed this book. I didn't know anything about Princess Louise or her connections with the art world, but now I find myself saying to people 'Did you know Queen Victoria's daughter ' It's amazing that so many archives are missing or closed in relation to Louise, surely it was so long ago and as Hawksley herself admits, so few people have heard of her, that whatever is being hidden will not be the scandle the Royal household expects it to be? My only problem with the book, as Penny ment [...]

    22. Jessica on said:

      I had been waiting to read The Mystery of Princess Louise for quite some time- I was never interested enough to pay $40 for the hardcover but luckily I spotted the trade paperback. Hawksley has a fairly rambling tone, it detracts some from a very interesting Louise. Hawksley has organised this as a series of short vignettes; in some ways, it is easier to digest but in others harder to see coherency. She was limited by a lack of available sources, but she doesn't outright acknowledge it. Still, L [...]

    23. Victoria Johnston on said:

      This was a really good, really interesting book. I knew absolutely nothing about Princess Louise in advance and the book is very accessible for those who know nothing about her.It is very well written, and the author explains any theories she may have with the use of supporting evidence and not just conjecture.Covers a significant period of time and three reigns of British history.Would definitely read more by this author.

    24. Kim hansen on said:

      Very well written bio which explains why princess louise is such a mystery and continues to be as the book explains to readers. I do believe some of the questions that were covered more than likely are true stories.

    25. Victoria L. on said:

      I have read a few chapters. It is very good. My schedule has not allowed me time to finish this book.

    26. Mary on said:

      Brilliantly written about a child of Victoria who always seems to get overlooked. Maybe it's the childlessness. Anyway she was a fascinating character.

    27. Gina Baratono on said:

      Princess Louise was Queen Victoria's 6th daughter. Shrouded in secrecy and largely unknown, Lucinda Hawksley wrote this book in an attempt to shed light on this mysterious figure.Breaking through some of the veils of secrecy surrounding Louise, Lucida introduces us to a woman before her time (which is part of the problem evidently). She was her own person, and Queen Victoria found her hard to control as she balked at being told what to do. That's hardly fitting for a Princess of course. To top i [...]

    28. Sarah u on said:

      Of all Queen Victoria's children, Louise was the most extraordinary. She was the first British princess to attend a public school when she began her study at the National Art Training School under the tutelage of Joseph Edgar Boehm (p.100); the first princess to marry a commoner since 1515 when she wed the Marquess of Lorne, John Campbell, the future Duke of Argyll- this after having, apparently, taken a lover or two; and despite loving her mother, was fiercely against her oppression and was det [...]

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