♕ The Mystery of Princess Louise, Queen Victoria’s rebellious daughter by Lucinda Hawksley
The secrets of Queen Victoria’s sixth child, Princess Louise, may be destined to remain hidden forever. What was so dangerous about this artistic, tempestuous royal that her life has been documented more by rumour and gossip than hard facts? When Lucinda Hawksley started to investigate, often thwarted by inexplicable secrecy, she discovered a fascinating woman, modern before her time, whose story has been shielded for years from public view.
Louise was a sculptor and painter, friend to the Pre-Raphaelites and a keen member of the Aesthetic movement. The most feisty of the Victorian princesses, she kicked against her mother’s controlling nature and remained fiercely loyal to her brothers - especially the sickly Leopold and the much-maligned Bertie. She sought out other unconventional women, including Josephine Butler and George Eliot, and campaigned for education and health reform and for the rights of women. She battled with her indomitable mother for permission to practice the ‘masculine’ art of sculpture and go to art college - and in doing so became the first British princess to attend a public school.
Such an underrated Princess ! Princess Louise was definitely one of the most interesting princess of her time. Absolutely forgotten, she deserves so much more, for her work as Princess, as an Artist, as an independant woman. This biography by Lucinda Hawksley is an excellent start, the author give you the opportunity to form your own opinion which is quite enjoyable. I recommend with all my heart this book, to discover this fascinating woman, who deserves so much more recognition.