Queen Victoria's son, Prince Leopold, died from hemophilia, but no member of the royal family before his generation had suffered from the condition. Medically, there are only two possibilities: either one of Victoria's parents had a 1 in 50,000 random mutation, or Victoria was the illegitimate child of a hemophiliac man. However the hemophilia gene arose, it had a profound effect on history. Two of Victoria's daughters were silent carriers who passed the disease to the Spanish and Russian royal families. The disease played a role in the origin of the Spanish Civil War; and the tsarina's concern over her only son's hemophilia led to the entry of Rasputin into the royal household, contributing directly to the Russian revolution.
As though Elizabeth II hasn't had enough troubles, here come two authors who want to establish that Queen Victoria was illegitimate, and that therefore Her present Majesty has no right to the throne. So, we should all be subjects of House of Hanover. Ridiculous? Ah, but you see, one of Victoria's sons died of haemophilia, and none of her ancestors had the gene which produces that condition. Therefore - either one of her parents had a one in 50,000 random mutation or Victoria was the illegitimate child of a haemophiliac man. The authors argue persuasively, and their argument seems unanswerable. Many readers will still prefer to believe that somehow, in this case, science is an ass. But... is it? (Kirkus UK)
God save you! where's the princesse?; dynastic climbers; Victoire and Victoria; the ugly ducking; the bleeders; mutation or bastard?; crowns rolling about the floor; the pretenders; the Coburgs and haemophilia in Iberia; later generation; a breed apart.
Series: Pocket Biographies
Number Of Pages: 190
Published: January 2005
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.7
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Type: New edition