Deborah Cadbury: Queen Victoria's matchmaking

From Nine To Noon, 10:07 am on 20 February 2018

Queen Victoria was a formidable monarch who ruled Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 until her death in 1901. By the 1890s she had over thirty grandchildren and she made it her business to try to manoeurvre them all into a series of dynastic marriages with royal households across Europe and in Russia. British historian, journalist, writer, TV producer and documentary maker Deborah Cadbury's latest book is a fascinating account of that matchmaking, and the monarch's vision of European unity well before the notion of a 'European Union' ever existed.