Interesting though not groundbreaking. In the end, most of the matchmaking was irrelevant as larger forces remade the political world. The one marriage that was truly a love match--and that Victoria opposed--proved to be the exception: Nicholas and Alexandra were a disaster for everyone concerned.
Well written and researched, although a little recursive in spots (possibly because that's what happens when one lineage marries into that many families who when marry amongst themselves). In hindsight, one believes that things might have turned out somewhat better had there not been quite so much 'matchmaking' going on. Would there have been a World War? Would there have been a Russian Revolution? Would things have better in the long run? The 'what ifs' do give one pause: fertile ground for counterfactual fiction here, I think.
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