A Life

Book - 2014
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When Queen Victoria died in 1901, she had ruled for nearly sixty-four years. She was a mother of nine and grandmother of forty-two and the matriarch of royal Europe through her childrens marriages. To many, Queen Victoria is a ruler shrouded in myth and mystique, an aging, stiff widow paraded as the figurehead to an all-male imperial enterprise. But in truth, Britains longest-reigning monarch was one of the most passionate, expressive, humorous and unconventional women who ever lived, and the story of her life continues to fascinate.
A. N. Wilsons exhaustively researched and definitive biography includes a wealth of new material from previously unseen sources to show us Queen Victoria as shes never been seen before. Wilson explores the curious set of circumstances that led to Victorias coronation, her strange and isolated childhood, her passionate marriage to Prince Albert and his pivotal influence even after death and her widowhood and subsequent intimate friendship with her Highland servant John Brown, all set against the backdrop of this momentous epoch in Britains historyand the worlds.
Born at the very moment of the expansion of British political and commercial power across the globe, Victoria went on to chart a unique course for her country even as she became the matriarch of nearly every great dynasty of Europe. Her destiny was thus interwoven with those of millions of peoplenot just in Europe but in the ever-expanding empire that Britain was becoming throughout the nineteenth century. The famed queen had a face that adorned postage stamps, banners, statues and busts all over the known world.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781594205996
Branch Call Number: 941.081 VICTO WILSO
Characteristics: xi, 642 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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I must admit, I have not finished this challenging book yet as I post this comment, but I can readily agree with the comment made by claire1953. This is definitely not the kind of biography that you can sit back and enjoy reading with ease. As claire1953 said, this book is for "history buffs." (Yes, I will try finishing it)

Dec 14, 2015

This book is obviously the result of years of work on the part of the author. It is not, however, for the faint of heart. It's 576 pages contain hundreds of historical details surrounding Victoria's reign. The reader who is more interested in her as a person must sift through these details to find the interesting woman that she was. Because of her extremely long reign and because she bore nine children, one volume would not suffice to fully understand her relationship with her children and grand-children. After her death, Edward VII and her youngest daughter Beatrice ensured that a lot of her personal correspondence with Prime Ministers, John Brown ant the Munshi were seriously edited and/or destroyed. Again, a book for serious history buffs.

debwalker Nov 07, 2014

Unusual Penny's Pick for November 2014. "Readers will never look at Queen Victoria the same way again."


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