Very enlightening 2 part documentary on Queen Victoria's extended family in the 50 years preceding the First World War. Looks at the personalities and domestic intrigue within the European Royalty, and how they played a part in shaping the future Europe.
Royal Cousins at War (BBC Two) was a riveting analysis of the relationship between Kaiser Bill, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and our own King George V, and the disastrous effect their rivalry had on Wilhelm’s fragile ego and skew-whiff brain. All three men were related by birth or marriage to Queen Victoria, whose descendants occupied the thrones of no less than nine European countries, and the family’s rows over the years shaped the characters of the various monarchs. Extract taken from the The Telegraph online.
Still available on BBC iplayer, episode 1 for 8 days and episode 2 for 11 days. Sixty minutes each, highly recommended.
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