An Uncommon Woman - The Empress Frederick: Daughter of Queen Victoria, Wife of the Crown Prince of Prussia, Mother of Kaiser Wilhelm (2020)

An Uncommon Woman - The Empress Frederick: Daughter of Queen Victoria, Wife of the Crown Prince of Prussia, Mother of Kaiser Wilhelm Hannah Pakula An Uncommon Woman The Empress Frederick Daughter of Queen Victoria Wife of the Crown Prince of Prussia Mother of Kaiser Wilhelm An epic story of wars and revolutions of the rise and fall of royal families and of the birth of modern Germany is brilliantly told through the lives of the couple in the eye of the storm Queen Vict
  • Title: An Uncommon Woman - The Empress Frederick: Daughter of Queen Victoria, Wife of the Crown Prince of Prussia, Mother of Kaiser Wilhelm
  • Author: Hannah Pakula
  • ISBN: 9780684842165
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Paperback
An Uncommon Woman - The Empress Frederick: Daughter of Queen Victoria, Wife of the Crown Prince of Prussia, Mother of Kaiser Wilhelm Hannah Pakula An epic story of wars and revolutions, of the rise and fall of royal families, and of the birth of modern Germany is brilliantly told through the lives of the couple in the eye of the storm Queen Victoria s eldest daughter, and her handsome, idealistic husband, Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia of photos.
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  1. Wealhtheow

    A truly masterful book Pakula pulls together everything from social theory to medical history to thousands of letters to create a portrait of the Empress Dowager Frederick The first born and cleverest child of Queen Victoria, Vicky married the Prussian Crown Prince Frederick Theirs was a truly loving marriage and a meeting of two idealistic, thoughtful minds Unfortunately, Prussia led by Frederick s conservative father Wilhelm I and the EVIL EVIL EVIL Chancellor Bismarck was highly conservative [...]

  2. Kelly

    The title of this book lies This is not, as one might think, a biography This is three biographies and a history in one Obstenisbly, this is a biography of Queen Victoria s eldest child, the Princess Royal of England and eventual Empress of Germany, Victoria, or Vicky , as she is referred to throughout the book However, this is also a biography of Otto von Bismarck or as I ve taken to calling him The Worst Jerk Who Ever Jerked In the History of Ever, as well as her son, the mad Kaiser Wilhelm II [...]

  3. Stephanie Duhon

    This was a very interesting book with a lot of detail It was time consuming because of the incredible amount of historical information I enjoyed a different angle of the unification of Germany by seeing it through Vicky s eyes Victoria was the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria of England who married the heir to the Prussian throne at the age of 17 She was the mother of Kaiser Wilhem II.

  4. Jenni Wiltz

    Rarely has a book made me wonder what if quite this much The research that went into this biography of Queen Victoria s oldest daughter is amazing Not only do you get an enjoyable read about an interesting royal personage, you get a detailed look at Bismarck and the creation of the German empire Without getting too far into the politics of it all, let s just say the world would have been a very different place if Fritz Vicky s husband and heir to the Prussian throne hadn t died when he did It s [...]

  5. Julie

    When I picked up this book, I knew almost nothing about Vicky aka the Empress Frederick I never intended to read the entire book, but it was so well written and compelling that I could not stop myself Queen Victoria and Prince Albert raised their firstborn child to play a role that she was never allowed to perform She was brilliant and well educated a woman of many gifts Raised to admire the British values of a constitutional monarchy and the rule of law, Vicky was expected to transmit those val [...]

  6. Carri

    I plunged into this book after completing what could be considered a primer on Queen Victoria Empress Frederick was her name amongst German royalty Her previous title among English Royalty was Princess Victoria To her mother, Queen Victoria of England, she was simply Vickie Who raised a bratty child who grew up to plunge his country into WWI Bad Kaiser I was not prepared for the complex web of detail, but found myself challenged to understand and keep up with the writer.More often than not, the [...]

  7. Christopher

    This book was a big surprise for me, since I was not familiar with the author and am relatively well read in the subject matter However, it was fascinating and one of the most enjoyable works of history Ive tackled in a long time The author uses letters and primary source materials very effectively here Also, she provides great historical perspective on the Empress Frederick, so much so that this hefty 600 page book also serves as a good primer on Queen Victoria and Prince Albert the founding th [...]

  8. Kerrie

    Biographies of royalty usually don t hold my attention due to the constant referring to family trees and trying to figure out the family relations, and since it s royalty, you re bound to end up at He s his own grandpa at least once I didn t care for Queen Victoria after reading a biography on her forget the author but I was interested in World War I, and had just come off the reading high of Robert K Massie s Dreadnought Britain, Germany and the Coming of the Great War This biography is detaile [...]

  9. Carolyn F.

    I read this quite a while ago It s interesting to see how her son was manipulated and she had no power to stop it.

  10. Rose

    An Uncommon Woman is a well written, intricately researched biography of Queen Victoria s eldest child, Vicki.Using the forty years of almost daily letters between mother and daughter, Hannah Pakula creates an intimate portrait of Vicki, and the events she lived through It offers the reader a personal perspective during a period that has been generalized as the Victorian era But it is so much complex because of the extensive family ties between the royal monarchs in England, Germany, Russia, Fr [...]

  11. Charles

    This is a much textured book than the last royal biography I read but Victoria the Princess Royal who became Kaiserin of Germany and the mother of Kaiser Wilhelm II is much important to history than the youngest daughter of Czar Alexander III Although the book is wonderfully written and rife with notes and bibliography I was left unsatisfied with the description of the Crown Princess of Prussia s relationship with her eldest son There was a great deal of detail when it came to the later years, [...]

  12. TAS

    For lovers of history, this is an exceptional biography Readable, thorough and very well researched and documented The Empress was certainly a woman ahead of her time educated, thoughtful, and, despite the expected role of women at her time, deeply involved in the world of international politics In Pakula s biography, we learn about the Deep lifelong influence of Princess Victoria s Vicky connection with her father, Prince Albert, since both were so very much alike in intelligence, character and [...]

  13. Dorothy

    Quite simply a brilliant biography of a complex and highly imperfect woman with perfect and noble intentions in an impossible time, place and world A liberal , reformist, constitutional monarchist from England thrown into the gestation of the unified German state where nationalism became an anti reform movement Crown Princess Victoria met with skepticism and antipathy from the moment she set foot on German soil The daughter of Victoria and Albert, wife of Frederick and mother of Wilhelm she was [...]

  14. Jonathan

    I loved this book and look forward to re reading it again in the future Hannah Pakula is a great writer and researcher Queen Victoria was a whinny, demanding, needy person who controlled everyone around her, esp her children they could do nothing right The heroine of the book is her daughter Vicky, who become the princess of Prussia having married Prince Friedrich Wilhelm It is amazing to learn of Vicky and Fritz s loving marriage and the devotion they had for each other and how Fritz tried in v [...]

  15. Maria

    Very easy to read The chapters are not too long and the wording is vernacular Good read of the Dowager Empress and the times leading up to WW1.

  16. Jan "don"t blame me, I also voted for Hillary"

    Fabulous biography of Vicky, daughter of Queen Victoria and mother to Kaiser Wilhelmina.

  17. Elizabeth

    If you envision the life of a princess as something from fairy tales, the biography of Vicky, the firstborn of England s Queen Victoria and her Prince Consort Albert of Saxe Coburg will dispel any such notions Vicky was a serious, intelligent girl, tutored in principles of liberal governance by her father At 17, she married a man she loved and admired, the similarly principled Frederick, in line for the throne of Prussia But various forces of history conspired to thwart Vicky s ideals and her ha [...]

  18. Kate

    I really enjoyed this biography, and like other reviewers have said, it is than a biography of Empress Frederick, it is partly a biography of the other important figures in her life Wilhelm I, Bismarck, Wilhelm II, etc I was not very familiar with what was happening in Europe in the late 19th century e.g most of what I knew about the Franco Prussian War was that it was a war between France and Prussia , but Pakula did a decent job of explaining the greater goings on in the world that affected V [...]

  19. Tracy Mallon

    This is an amazing and in depth biography of an Empress who is better known as the daughter of another Empress Queen Victoria and mother of an Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II But Vicky as she was known to her family was a fascinating woman in her own right Raised by her parents to champion the liberal cause and unification of Germany, she had to fight against the tide of conservatism in the persons of her father in law Kaiser Wilhelm I, son Kaiser Wilhelm II and their chancellor Otto von Bismarck Bism [...]

  20. David Rogers

    The only reason I gave this 3 and not 4 stars was because there were a few times past the half way point when I was like I m ready for this book to be over That being said, there were good guys Friedrich III and Vicky honest, liberal and naive and bad guys Wilhem I a curmudgeon, Augusta a selfish bitch, Willy emotionally unstable brat, and Bismark the most deceitful and conniving human there ever was It makes you wonder how the world would have been different had Friedrich not died of cancer and [...]

  21. Kate

    This is a thorough and well researched bio It lags sometimes because of the nature of the people it discusses Vicky, eldest child of Queen Victoria, is as verbose, self pitying, and hysterical as Queen Victoria herself, so when their letters are quoted it becomes rather tedious They out martyr one another, and run through a huge gamut of emotions on almost any topicWith that said, Vicky, who married the heir to what becomes the German throne, lives a difficult life An intelligent woman, when tha [...]

  22. Stacey

    A wonderful biography of a woman overshadowed by other famous people in her orbit at the time her mother Queen Victoria, the German Chancellor Otto von Bismark, in power for most of the time she was married to the Crown Prince of Prussia, and her son Kaiser Wilhelm.From the time she married Prince Friedrich Fritz , Vicky, as Queen Victoria s eldest daughter was known, was viewed with suspicion by the German people as too English with republican views that clashed with the ideas and behaviors of [...]

  23. Diane Dooley

    Absolutely fascinating book It took me a while to read it because it s very densely packed with information and I didn t want to miss anything I enjoyed the voluminous correspondence between Queen Victoria and her daughter, Vickie In between spats about breast feeding and busily arranging marriages for their vast family, there is also a ton of opinionated information about the crazy politics of the day I learned a lot about Bismark and the unification of Germany than I thought I would Outstandi [...]

  24. Jeanet Alessandra

    Victoria desde siempre ha sido uno de mis personajes hist ricos favoritos, qued m s que satisfecha con todas las informaciones y fotograf as que contiene el libro.Lo qu m s me gust es que hay informaci n de fuentes primarias las cartas que ella le mandaba a sus madre la reina Victoria de Inglaterra , a sus hijos,familiares,amigos,etc.Mientras lo le a me imaginaba como pasaba todo, sent a su alegr a, su enojo, su depresi n, todos sus sentimientos Es una de las mejores biograf as que he le do.

  25. Bekah

    I might have given this 5 stars if the book did just center on Empress Frederick The author spent a lot amount of time concentrating on Prussian politics and an obsession with Bismarck Obviously because Vicky was the Crown Princess and Empress of newly formed Germany, politics should play a huge part but I find myself reading chapter after chapter with no mention of her just Bismarck.As a whole I did enjoy this book because prior to reading I had VERY limited knowledge on Empress Frederick and I [...]

  26. Jim

    This is an excellent book for a lapsed History major This is an excellent history of the rise of Prussia, the German confederation and the roots of WWI She was the daughter of Queen Victoria, raised to bring liberal qualities to Germany by her father, Prince Albert She met Napolean III Her father in law lived too long Bismark rose to extreme power Her husband lived too short He only ruled 99 days Her son became an autocrat and eventually brought down the house of Hohenzollern All in all an amazi [...]

  27. Chrissy

    Paluka s biography of the Empress Fredrick is a excellent and sometime rather touching look at a woman no seems to give a thought to.The daughter of Queen Victoria and the mother of Kaiser Wilhelm when I told my dad I was reading this he joked Kaiser Wilhelm had a mother was a bright woman who could have changed the world for the better, but was denied the chance and is skipped over by history.This book is a excellent source of interest for any fans of German, Victorian or WWI history though it [...]

  28. Mandy

    I loved the history, the maps, the family lineage set out in precise order, the private letters and all of the usual family loves and break downs Nothing was romanticized Even how they felt about being living history in the making was tossed out there to read They even spoke at length about arranged marriages and how most royals detested them yet kept them going for appearance sake Eye opening Hefty read but well worth it.

  29. Rebecca Huston

    An excellent biography about the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria, Vicky, Empress Frederick of Prussia Well researched and full of details about her complicated life, especially with her son, Wilhelm II For a complete review, please go here epinions review Book_A

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