|Plot Summary of Prince Leopold: the Untold Story of Queen Victoria's Youngest Son|
|"Leopold was the youngest and most intelligent of Queen Victoria's four sons. Ironically he was a sickly child who suffered from haemophilia, a condition which prevents blood from clotting, and epilepsy. His relationship with his mother was often difficult, as she tried hard to protect him from physical over-exertion and he bitterly resented her treating him like an invalid. Nevertheless she admired him for his willingness to take chances, and for his devotion to literature, music and art, in which he so resembled his father, the Prince Consort.
He went to Oxford, where he developed friendships with Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), John Ruskin, and Oscar Wilde. After finishing his education he became unofficial private secretary to the Queen, a move which dismayed some of her ministers as they feared his reactrionary influence over her. She was surprised and delighted when he married and became the father of two children, though distraught when he died after a fall at the early age of thirty.
John Van der Kiste, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Prince Leopold: the Untold Story of Queen Victoria's Youngest Son|
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Phys disability/mental struggle?
- physical disability/sickness
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- physically sick
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
- Fancy Mansion
- 19th century
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
- A lot 11-15 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- little dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 76%-100% of book
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