Troubador Children Of The Empire

Released: 28/11/2020

ISBN: 9781800460720

eISBN: 9781800468078

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Children Of The Empire

The Extraordinary Lives of Queen Victoria’s Children and Grandchildren

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Some lost their thrones. Others supported the Nazis. Several suffered from haemophilia. One had to get a job, and two were executed!

Written entirely in the first person, this is a concise introduction to the extraordinary lives, scandals, loves, triumphs and tragedies of the extended royal family that has stretched across Europe, some of them becoming Kings and Queens.

In Children of The Empire, Michael Farah imagines how forty-seven children and grandchildren of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert would have each summarised the story of their life, from their early childhood to the very end.

Complete with individual portraits and family trees, this is an easy and enjoyable gateway to the family of Queen Victoria, accessible to all. 

Written entirely in the first person, this is a concise introduction to the extraordinary lives, scandals, loves, triumphs and tragedies of the extended royal family that has stretched across Europe, some of them becoming Kings and Queens.

In Children of The Empire, Michael Farah imagines how forty-seven children and grandchildren of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert would have each summarised the story of their life, from their early childhood to the very end.

Complete with individual portraits and family trees, this is an easy and enjoyable gateway to the family of Queen Victoria, accessible to all.

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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!

by Nisha


Really enjoyed this. Would recommend to lovers of historical nonfiction like The Romanov Sisters and The Traitor and the Spy. Very interesting and lots of educational tid bits I ended up researching further in application to other areas they extended to. Really enjoyed and personally debating picking up a copy of my own.

by NetGalley review


Michael Farah has given the reader a very unique perspective into the legacy of Queen Victoria in capturing the lives of her children and grandchildren. Reflecting on their lives, each heir highlights the road they have travelled in a first person narrative. As if composing a letter, they unfold their personal biographies filled with love, loss, scandal, intrigue, successes and failures. Without getting deep into the history of the monarch, this is a wonderful introduction filled with interesting facts. Photographs and family trees further identify and connect each individual in this very amazing family.
This is a fun read and recommended for anyone interested in the Royal family.

by NetGalley review


Loved the way it was put together, Starting with the eldest child to the last... so informative... great photographs. A must for a history fiend.... I loved it and was so disappointed when it ended...

by NetGalley review


Very well written and interesting book, it shows how far Victoria influences and genetics spread through her children and told their stories in an interesting fashion!

by NetGalley review


I’ve always been quite fascinated with the reign of Queen Victoria, she came to the throne as a very young woman (18), had a large family and then married them off across Europe with the intention of gaining more influence across the continent. As a result she gained the epithet “Grandmother of Europe”.

The premise of this book intrigued me, the idea of first person accounts from forty seven different people... how on earth did the author manage that?

This is a history lesson, with a personal voice and without the dry ‘dates and places’ feel that may put you off reading a history book. Each member of the family has their own chapter describing the key milestones of their lives, from birth to death and how their lives intersect with the other members of the family and the Royal houses that they marry into.

It does get a little convoluted as you weave in and around the next generation, and found myself flicking back and forwards a little to remind myself how each person fit in.
There was also some repetition as you hear the retelling of an event from different points of view, but that was a minor annoyance easily overlooked. The first person retelling was very engaging and reads like a novel.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and have gained a better understanding of the history of this era and Queen Victoria’s reign. It has piqued my interest to seek out more books to further my reading on the subject.

by NetGalley review


I am quite interested in Queen Victoria, and her reign. She is considered "the grandmother of Europe", and this book gives an interesting overview about why. This is the story of forty-seven children and grandchildren of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, told from their own point of view.
The chapters are short and accesible for both history fans and newbies, but they don't give a very thorough, deep biographical profile, so don't expect a lot of information about each subject, but enough to give you general knowledge on each character. Sometimes several characters repeat the same information, that can be annoying for some readers but not for me.
The author is writing a similar book about Austria’s House of Habsburg, and I'm really lookig forward to reading it.
It's an interesting book, perfect for history/royalty fans.

by NetGalley review


A fascinating read, a book that history buffs will devour full of information about each of the children. Reflecting on how we are still influenced by these times

by NetGalley review


I loved this a lot! It offers a different perspective of Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren. I recommend it if you want to read from them, not about them.

The reason why I cannot give it 5 stars is because I think it could go deeper into what happened. It seemed simplified to me.

by NetGalley review


A chatty and accessible read, Children of the Empire tells the stories of Queen Victoria’s children and grandchildren. Each chapter is a mini biography, written as if in the first person.

Farah has researched his subjects thoroughly, reciting facts about their births, deaths and everything in between in a straightforward and enjoyable style. Where the book falls down is in a complete lack of any analysis, with the written portraits being presented without conclusions or comment. This means that the text quickly becomes rather repetitive - I was born, I reigned (or not), I died. With no discussion of wider context the whole book doesn’t really enlighten the reader beyond the bare facts of who is who in the European royal tree.

Still, this title will have its fans - the layperson who prefers their history as a straightforward reproduction of facts - and it may serve as a decent starting point for further reading. Worth a try for general collections.

by NetGalley review


This is a very readable book in my opinion and provides a very good brief of the offspring of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. It shows how close the European royal families were with the family ties. It is a great introduction for anyone to modern British history and I can see a real use for it in primary/secondary schools for teaching history. Very user friendly book and pitched at an appropriate level to keep it flowing and maintain readers interest.

by NetGalley review


A pragmatic and interesting take at history, Michael Farah made a period in time accessible and alive. I loved that I can grab this book and re-read the chapters in any order, imagining getting ready to meet one of these royals with a briefing at hand ... I'll finally have something to tell them!

by Wes


Michael Farah

Michael Farah is a historical biographer focusing on 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.



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