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By Helen Rappaport

As she did in her seriously 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 may dramatically modify 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 was once so severe, that its like wouldn't be visible back until eventually the demise of Princess Diana 136 years later.

Drawing on many letters, diaries and memoirs from the Royal files and different missed assets, in addition to the newspapers of the day, Rappaport bargains a brand new standpoint in this compelling ancient psychodrama--the an important ultimate months of the prince's lifestyles 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 gentle at the actual nature of the prince's continual actual , overturning for reliable the 150-year previous fable that he died of typhoid fever.

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17510$ $CH1 09-16-09 10:24:18 PS PAGE 32 voices, I transcribe the love letter, I invent a pulpit, behind the veil, hiding the one who, in my illness, loses her way, daughter of a bloodthirsty king, I sneeze, and the breath strikes the vertebra, which burns, she comes to me, sure of her beauty, complexion of straw-colored wine, she sparkles with a fugitive spirit, intoxicated, I undress her, the stars go out, between the wound and the caress, I return to illness, which her lips increase. 33 .................

47 ................. 17510$ $CH1 09-16-09 10:24:22 PS PAGE 47 XXXVI Black, in black eyes, clouds cover the peaks, the grotto is a sleeping dragon, the seconds are shadows, that tremble, in black eyes, son of the epic, I hurtle down the paths, at the speed of lightning, I cross the guarded estate, I desecrate the village, I carry away the beloved, I enter the black, of her black eyes. 48 ................. 17510$ $CH1 09-16-09 10:24:22 PS PAGE 48 XXXVII Three shades pass, they dazzle in the night, they assassinate, they attract, as the flame does the moth, they veil their faces, to spare the weak, they have a slow hand, they throw black cats, into spiders’ webs, they speak in a loud voice, they are visiting, in a country, where they establish a house, to welcome the wanderers, who celebrate beauty, among a destitute people, only the poor enter, who unwind the irony of the moment.

47 ................. 17510$ $CH1 09-16-09 10:24:22 PS PAGE 47 XXXVI Black, in black eyes, clouds cover the peaks, the grotto is a sleeping dragon, the seconds are shadows, that tremble, in black eyes, son of the epic, I hurtle down the paths, at the speed of lightning, I cross the guarded estate, I desecrate the village, I carry away the beloved, I enter the black, of her black eyes. 48 ................. 17510$ $CH1 09-16-09 10:24:22 PS PAGE 48 XXXVII Three shades pass, they dazzle in the night, they assassinate, they attract, as the flame does the moth, they veil their faces, to spare the weak, they have a slow hand, they throw black cats, into spiders’ webs, they speak in a loud voice, they are visiting, in a country, where they establish a house, to welcome the wanderers, who celebrate beauty, among a destitute people, only the poor enter, who unwind the irony of the moment.

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