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Queen Victoria and the Bonapartes

by Theo Aronson

“What do you say to the wonderful proceedings in Paris, which really seem like a story in a book or a play?” wrote Queen Victoria to her uncle, King Leopold of the Belgians, in December 1851. Prince Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, nephew of the great Napoleon Bonaparte, had made himself dictator of France, stealing the limelight of the European stage to open the first act of a play that would last for more than thirty yearsâ??and in which Queen Victoria was herself to play a major role. Into the Queen’s staid, predictable and circumscribed life, the Second Empire Bonapartes brought a breath of another world. Adventurers, parvenus, exotics, they radiated an aura of romanticism to which Victoria’s ardent nature was quick to respond.

Napoleon III, as he now styled himself, soon conquered where his uncle had failed: England, in the person of her Queen, was completely bowled over by his quiet charm and buccaneer looks. And his wife, the flamboyant Empress Eugenie, was able no less easily to overcome her less than immaculate origins and find a place in Victoria’s heart.

But in the second act came disenchantment: Napoleon’s Italian war disgusted his former ally, and its end brought little improvement in the relations between the two countries. The Queen and her ministers suspected that Napoleon’s former intention of avenging Waterloo had only lain dormant, and not died away. The Franco-Prussian war, however, brought a dramatic turn of fortune’s wheel: in six short weeks the Empire had fallen and Napoleon had surrendered at the battle of Sedan.

The Empress Eugenie fled to England, where her friendship with Victoria was renewed and deepened. She found exile almost unbearable, fretting like a beautiful bird with its wings clipped. One by one her avenues of escape were closed. Her husband died on the eve of his planned “Return from Elba” and a few years later their only child, the Prince Imperial, was killed at the age of twenty-three fighting in the British Army in the Zulu War.

In the long twilight of the fourth act of the tragedy, the friendship between Victoria and Eugenie developed until the Empress became almost an honorary member of the British Royal Family. The Queen’s unwavering championship of the dethroned, exiled and bereaved Eugenie revealed her at her most admirable: compassionate, practical, loyal, and stubborn in her determination to put persons before politics. Eugenie herself lived to see the defeat at Sedan avenged by the Allied victory of 1918; “it allows me to die,” she said, “with my head held high, in peace with France”.

Theo Aronson’s account of the remarkable friendship between the Royal Houses of Britain and France contains several hitherto unpublished entries from Queen Victoria’s journals and throws new light on her domestic and personal life. Set against the contrasting backgrounds of lavish, theatrical Second Empire Paris and the ice-cold courts of Windsor and Balmoral, Queen Victoria and the Bonapartes forms a magnificent companion volume to Mr. Aronson’s earlier books on the European royal families of the nineteenth century, which have deservedly proved so popular.

The Red Cottage: A Memoir

by Elizabeth Sweder

In this memoir, Liz tells of growing up in a large family in the 1940s and 1950s, moving multiple times during World War II until settling in Minneapolis after the war. Every summer the family returned to their Swedish-style cottage on Jewett Lake near Fergus Falls, Minnesota. This book, her first, celebrates the enduring values of family and place.

Zodiac Killer: Newly Discovered Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

by Holy Ghost Writer

Could it really be that The Zodiac Killer and DB Cooper are one and the same unidentified criminals?

With the knowledge that Jack The Ripper may have living descendants, could it be that The Zodiac Killer is his offspring?

Imagine if Sherlock Holmes were put on these cases, would the culprits finally be revealed?

AAP – For Common Man By Common Man: Arvind Kejriwal

AAP – For Common Man By Common Man

As they say “An Idea can change your life” It was an idea which matured and changed the Indian political scenario.

In this book you will go through a comparison of AAP with a Business Start Up. How entrepreneur mindset of the party members played a role in their success.

Book will also help entrepreneurs to learn from Aam Adami Parties Journey.


The Idea


The Team

Raising Capital

The Product

Marketing Strategy

The Perfect Launch

Last minute Preparations


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