Review: Prince Albert by A.N. Wilson

September 3, 2019            Rating:  4*

In actuality I was pretty amazed after reading this book at the intellect of Prince Albert and the role he played during the 20 short years he was married to Victoria.   His accomplishments, his energy and his vision for Britain was quite spectacular – in short, he worked tirelessly and accomplished an enormous transformation of Britain’s vibrant and extraordinary center of political, technological, scientific, and intellectual advancement.  Through Victoria, Albert and her German advisers pioneered the idea of the modern constitutional monarchy.

More importantly, when Albert was made Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in his late twenties [it was considered as purely an honorific role]. But within months, Albert proposed an extensive reorganization of university life which would eventually be adopted, making it possible to study science, languages, and modern history at British universities—a revolution in education that changed the world.  He was probably one of the hardest working royals that ever lived and as a composer, engineer, soldier, politician, linguist, and bibliophile, Prince Albert, more than any other royal, should be classified as a “genius.” 

All in all, while it was somewhat dry reading its was fascinating as well with all the details which the authored garnered in the volumes of correspondence Albert left behind.   When next I continue watching the Masterpiece series of VICTORIA I suspect I will be more fixated on the Prince rather than the Queen!

Marilyn Rondeau

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