Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria

A Life of Contradictions

Book - 2014
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The critically acclaimed author of The Last Princess presents an accessible account of Queen Victoria's life that examines her contradictory views and lasting influence, covering such topics as her reinvention of the monarchy, relationship with her mother and self-reliance in widowhood.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781250048899
1250048893
Characteristics: xiv, 189 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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glenneaton
Jan 19, 2017

This book is somewhat hard to follow with usage of words that aren't in common use. Almost every page needed a visit or two to the dictionary or Google to determine a word definition.

It covers the main points of Victoria's reign and despite the book title I couldn't find too many "contradictions". Of interested is her changing mind states and how it affects her ruling. It's interesting to note how back in the 1800's royalty took part in politics more back then when Victoria's mood allowed for it. There are long periods during which her depression over mourning for Albert severely reduced her interest in ruling.

Notable was the lack of mention how badly she treated her children, and her attitude towards Albert sexually and her distaste for babies (after watching "Queen Victoria's Children").

A good brief account of a long and eventful reign.

PrimaGigi Jul 19, 2015

It's a pocket-sized biography. Sparse on the facts/history and big on the salacious melodrama. A good perusal for those already knowledgeable about Queen Victoria's reign.

ChristchurchLib Nov 19, 2013

"Queen Victoria had a very complicated and psychologically fascinating personality. Victoria embraced photography, railway travel and modern art; she resisted compulsory education for the working classes and recommended for a leading women's rights campaigner 'a good whipping'. She detested smoking and believed whole-heartedly in the health-giving properties of fresh air, strong draughts and cold. She lived in the shadow of her mother and then under the tutelage of her husband: during her protracted widowhood she belatedly embraced self-reliance." Biography and Memoir November 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=701378

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