The Mystery of Princess Louise

The Mystery of Princess Louise

Queen Victoria's Rebellious Daughter

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Spirited biography and quest to unearth the secrets of Princess Louise -- a royal desperate to escape her inheritance.
The secrets of Queen Victoria's sixth child, Princess Louise, may be destined to remain forever hidden. What was so dangerous about this artistic, tempestuous royal that her life has been documented more by rumour 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.

Friend to the pre-Raphaelites and sculptor in her own right, defender of the much-maligned Bertie and campaigner for women's rights: Princess Louise was a royal like no other. She had a notoriously difficult relationship with her mother, whose domineering influence remained strong, even into adulthood -- she had to battle for permission to attend art school, yet today her sculptures decorate some of the greatest houses of London. Louise is perhaps best known, though, for her colourful love life. Her affair with tutor and sculptor Joseph Edgar Boehm was common knowledge to friends in her bohemian circle and there were even rumours of an entanglement with her sister Princess Beatrice's handsome husband, Liko. She married for love, but when her husband's appointment as Governor General of Canada took them abroad, the relationship soured and they spent many months apart, with Louise playing the role of the perfect princess back at home in England.

Spirited and lively, The Mystery of Princess Louise is richly packed with arguments, intrigues, scandals and secrets, and is a vivid portrait of a princess desperate to escape her inheritance.

Gardners
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 more by rumour and gossip than hard facts? This book presents a portrait of a princess desperate to escape her inheritance.

Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, 2013
ISBN: 9780701183493
Branch Call Number: 941.081092 Louis-H
Characteristics: xii, 374 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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glenneaton
Jul 10, 2017

An excellent read which covers the relatively unknown life of Princess Louise, Queen Victoria’s second youngest daughter.

There are many interesting facts about Louise, including she was an accomplished sculptor, excellent cook, nurse, progressive thinker and she spent a good amount of her life in Canada.

Louise ate little to stay thin (had three brussel sprouts at one dinner) as she wanted to avoid the "Hanoverian" figure of her mother. Louise was in better health than younger sister Beatrice who was overweight. I'm sure she would have appreciated Michael Moseley's book "Fast Life" a great read.

Well worth reading in addition to the other Queen Victoria books that are around, as it gives a close point of view of one the Queen's off-spring.

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KarenW
Nov 09, 2015

Filled with historical detail, this book takes the reader inside the childhood and adult life of a very memorable but largely forgotten royal princess. Ruled with an iron fist by her mother, deserted by the early death of her father, Princess Louise grew up in a brood of siblings that were also emotionally abused by their mother and sometimes the servants, she never truly came into her own until well into her adult years. Then she became a wonderful advocate and patron to the arts as well as entering into what she could have been all along.

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ownedbydoxies
Feb 20, 2015

Queen Victoria was quite the woman, and this book concentrates on her most artistic, and open-minded daughter, whose personality was as strong as her mother's but who also possessed a strong thread of compassion and the ability to overcome her royal background and relate to regular people. It's a good read.

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