Interview: Author ‘Clare McHugh’ Talks Her New Book A Most English Princess: A Novel Of Queen Victoria’s Daughter

Born in London, Clare McHugh grew up in the United States and graduated from Harvard University with a degree in European history. She worked for many years as a newspaper reporter and later magazine editor. She has also taught high school history and reviewed books for the Wall Street Journal and the Baltimore Sun. The mother of two grown children, she lives with her husband in Washington, DC, and Amagansett, New York. A Most English Princess is her first novel. Follow her on Twitter.

In A MOST ENGLISH PRINCESS: A Novel of Queen Victoria’s Daughter (William Morrow, September 22, 2020), Clare McHugh imagines the life of the young, self-assured and inquisitive Princess. Growing up in the Royal Court, the apple of her father’s eye, she left England to become her Imperial Royal Highness the German Empress and Queen of Prussia, wife of Frederick III, the German Kaiser.

Princess Victoria was a determined, idealistic woman whose impact on history is too often over-looked. At the center of the Prussian royal family and with a progressive outlook shaped by her father, she had a profound and lasting influence on politics and German unity in an emergent modern Europe.

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