Children of the Empire, the first title from Michael Farah is something of a departure from other historical accounts of the nine children and 38 grandchildren of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Written entirely in the first person and fully based on accurate historical accounts, Michael Farah imagines how this royal family would have described the events of their extraordinary existence, scandals, loves, triumphs and tragedies.
In Children Of The Empire, the 47 children and grandchildren of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert individually tell the stories of their lives, from their early childhood to the very end. Complete with individual portraits and family trees, this is an accessible and unique look at the extended royal family that has stretched across Europe.
This is a nice little omnibus about the children and grandchildren of Queen Victoria. There’s a unique angle in that each individual subject is “composing” a letter at the end of their life. The letter is created using source documents so very well done.
I think this is a good entry as a general history lesson, a good foundational update for those of us the love reading royal histories. Some of the entries get repetitive, when you’re on the 5th grandchild by child X and the opening is the same except for birth order and the name/birthplace but outside of that jar a nice little read.
by NetGalley review
An interesting book about this storied family. I enjoyed the format of focusing on one person, written in the first person perspective.
by NetGalley review
Easy to read, unpretentious, and the first person narration brings the stories closer to the reader and makes this family more real. A good reference book to return to. Well done!
Michael Farah is a historical biographer specialising in royal, church and European history.
He is the author of "Children of the Empire", concise biographies of the extraordinary lives of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's 47 children and grandchildren. It is the first book in his Let History Speak series, which tells history from a first person perspective. Children of the Empire will be published on 28 November 2020.
He is currently working on his next book exploring the incredible dynasty of the House of Hapsburgs.
He lives in Kent, England.