By Helen Rappaport
As she did in her significantly acclaimed The final Days of the Romanovs, Helen Rappaport brings a compelling documentary suppose to the tale of this royal marriage and of the queen's obsessive love for her husband - a narrative that begun as fairy story and resulted in tragedy.
After the premature demise of Prince Albert, the queen and her country have been plunged right into a country of grief so profound that this one occasion might dramatically adjust the form of the British monarchy. For Britain had not only misplaced a prince: in the course of his twenty 12 months marriage to Queen Victoria, Prince Albert had more and more played the functionality of King in all yet identify. The outpouring of grief after Albert's loss of life used to be so severe, that its like wouldn't be obvious back until eventually the demise of Princess Diana 136 years later.
Drawing on many letters, diaries and memoirs from the Royal records and different missed assets, in addition to the newspapers of the day, Rappaport deals a brand new point of view in this compelling ancient psychodrama--the the most important ultimate months of the prince's existence and the 1st lengthy, darkish ten years of the Queen's retreat from public view. She attracts a portrait of a queen captivated with her dwelling husband and - after his loss of life - together with his enduring position in background. Magnificent Obsession also will throw new mild at the precise nature of the prince's continual actual situation, overturning for reliable the 150-year outdated fable that he died of typhoid fever.
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You have to be arrogant to be a writer. You have to be able to walk into a commissioner's office and demand six million quid to make something. You have to believe that it's worth that, that it deserves to be made, that it deserves to be seen. I wouldn't be happy just writing this stuff in an exercise book and then leaving it for my own contemplation. You're right, 'something to say' sounds political, but that doesn't mean I sit here thinking, oh, I must announce my thoughts about gay men, about Christianity, about life.