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Queen Victoria and the Bonapartes

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sarah m, Reviewer

Last updated on 03 Oct 2017

I Recommend This Book


This is a brilliantly written and very easy to read book, with a wonderfully flowing narrative. 

It is the first Aronson book I have read, but will definitely be reading more of his books in the future if this one is anything to go by. Without wishing to give away the story it is about Queen Victoria’s relationship with the French Imperial family, especially Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie. It shows how the close friendship built up over time between Victoria and Empress Eugenie, especially after her beloved Albert had died. I really liked the character of Empress Eugenie, she became three dimensional. It is clear how much historical research Aronson carried out before writing this book and his clear use of first-hand accounts from the Royal Archives to piece together the story.

Definitely worth reading.

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