Alexandria Victoria (24 May 1819-22 January 1901) and Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel (26 August 1819 – 14 December 1861) were married just over 20 years and had nine children together (five daughters and four sons).  Prince Albert was the love of the Queen's life.  He was also her first cousin, since his father and her mother were siblings and were both German.   Albert sought Victoria's attention from afar for years--even before she was crowned queen at the age of 18.   After a couple of in person visits, she eventually became smitten with him and decided to propose to him.  She had to do the proposing because she was then the queen.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were known for having a rocky love affair.  First there was the queen's fiery temper.  Then there were her mixed feelings about being a mother and needing to rely on her husband to keep up her duties as sovereign. Nonetheless, their bond grew incredibly strong over the years, and the queen was launched into an intense and protracted state of sorrow upon Prince Albert's death in 1861--at a mere 42 years of age.

RECOMMENDED READING

This wonderful book by Christopher Hibbert will be useful to us all year. Hibbert is one of greatest "popular" historians, meaning that he writes books you want to read. Many of you have used his great one-volume history of the Medici as well as his excellent History of Rome, History of Florence, and History of Venice.Many of us used his excellent biography of Mussolini last year in the Modern Italy class. IN this book, Hibbert takes us all through Victorian society. We have not made it "required" but we are sure you will enjoy it if you buy it and read it.

Christopher Hibbert,

Life in Victorian England,

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 31, 2016),

ISBN 1541383559

Gillian Gill,

We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals,

Ballantine Books (November 30, 2009),

ISBN 0345520017