Victoria: The Queen

Author: Julia Baird

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

ISBN: 0812982282

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 770

View: 6017


The true story for fans of the PBS Masterpiece series Victoria, this page-turning biography reveals the real woman behind the myth: a bold, glamorous, unbreakable queen—a Victoria for our times. Drawing on previously unpublished papers, this stunning portrait is a story of love and heartbreak, of devotion and grief, of strength and resilience. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES • ESQUIRE • THE CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY “Victoria the Queen, Julia Baird’s exquisitely wrought and meticulously researched biography, brushes the dusty myth off this extraordinary monarch.”—The New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice) When Victoria was born, in 1819, the world was a very different place. Revolution would threaten many of Europe’s monarchies in the coming decades. In Britain, a generation of royals had indulged their whims at the public’s expense, and republican sentiment was growing. The Industrial Revolution was transforming the landscape, and the British Empire was commanding ever larger tracts of the globe. In a world where women were often powerless, during a century roiling with change, Victoria went on to rule the most powerful country on earth with a decisive hand. Fifth in line to the throne at the time of her birth, Victoria was an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary role. As a girl, she defied her mother’s meddling and an adviser’s bullying, forging an iron will of her own. As a teenage queen, she eagerly grasped the crown and relished the freedom it brought her. At twenty, she fell passionately in love with Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, eventually giving birth to nine children. She loved sex and delighted in power. She was outspoken with her ministers, overstepping conventional boundaries and asserting her opinions. After the death of her adored Albert, she began a controversial, intimate relationship with her servant John Brown. She survived eight assassination attempts over the course of her lifetime. And as science, technology, and democracy were dramatically reshaping the world, Victoria was a symbol of steadfastness and security—queen of a quarter of the world’s population at the height of the British Empire’s reach. Drawing on sources that include fresh revelations about Victoria’s relationship with John Brown, Julia Baird brings vividly to life the fascinating story of a woman who struggled with so many of the things we do today: balancing work and family, raising children, navigating marital strife, losing parents, combating anxiety and self-doubt, finding an identity, searching for meaning.

Who Was Queen Victoria?

Author: Jim Gigliotti

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141369477

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 91

View: 8010


She was the national icon whose 63-year reign is famous as the Victorian era. But who was Queen Victoria? From her closely-supervised upbringing to her complex adulthood as Britain's monarch, this concise and enjoyable biography puts together the pieces of Victoria's life for young readers. Puffin's 'Who Was . . . ?' book series presents clear and accessible biographies of some of history's most renowned individuals.

Victoria

Author: Catherine Reef

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544716140

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 261

View: 6280


A captivating biography about Queen Victoria (1819-1901), one of England's most fascinating royals. Her long reign was filled with drama, death, intrigue, and passion, and took place during a time of great transformation, an era that bears her name--the Victorian period. Full color. 8 x 10.

Queen Victoria

Author: Helen Rappaport

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1851093559

Category: Great Britain

Page: 485

View: 1659


Organized for easy reference, the book quickly takes the reader to specific aspects of the monarch's life, her children, her court, her companions, her prime ministers, her personal interests and preoccupations, the issues that marked her reign, and the people whose lives were affected by their relationships with her."--BOOK JACKET.

Summary and Analysis of Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire

Author: Worth Books

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504021908

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 30

View: 7375


So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of Victoria: The Queen tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Julia Baird’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and gives you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of Victoria: The Queen includes: Historical context Chapter-by-chapter overviews Profiles of the main characters Detailed timeline of key events Important quotes Fascinating trivia Glossary of terms Supporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About Victoria:The Queen by Julia Baird: Julia Baird explores and unpacks the legend of Victoria: long-reigning monarch, wife, mother, and symbol of the British Empire. Rather than contributing to the myths surrounding this fascinating and complex woman, Baird describes Victoria as she really was: passionate, strong-willed, hot-tempered, hard-working, and desperate to hold on to power and govern her nation while remaining the loyal wife to her beloved Prince Albert. Baird’s biography takes readers through Queen Victoria’s life and long reign, giving a clear and lucid analysis of often complex political events and relationships, as well as the personal dynamics of her household, and providing a thorough understanding of a transformative era in British history. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.

The Young Victoria

Author: Deirdre Murphy

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300238878

Category: Art

Page: 226

View: 7456


A vivid portrait of Queen Victoria's childhood, offering new insights into one of the most celebrated, but often misunderstood, monarchs in British history, 200 years after her birth This beautiful, extensively researched volume investigates the birth and early life of one of the most familiar British monarchs, Queen Victoria (1819-1901). A wealth of material, including many unexamined sources and unpublished images, sheds new light on Victoria's youth. Included here are portraits of the queen as princess, childhood diaries and sketchbooks, clothing, jewelery, and correspondence. Deirdre Murphy paints a vivid picture of Victoria's early years. Among her most surprising conclusions is the idea that the queen's personal mythology of a childhood characterized by sadness and isolation is less accurate than is generally thought. Victoria's personal relationships are brought brilliantly to life, from her affectionate but increasingly suffocating bond with her mother, the Duchess of Kent, to the controlling influence of Sir John Conroy, a man she came to despise, and her courtship with Prince Albert. Lesser-known figures are also explored, including Victoria's first schoolmaster the Reverend George Davys, her governess Louise Lehzen, and her half-sister Feodora. This fascinating cast of characters enhances our image of Victoria, who emerges as both willful and submissive, fickle and affectionate, and with the explosive temper of her Hanoverian ancestors.

Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria

Author: Nick Hunter

Publisher: Raintree

ISBN: 1406289949

Category: Great Britain

Page: 34

View: 4251


How did the reigns of England's most famous queens compare? this title lets you follow both of these awesome ladies into history to discover the differences and similarities between their amazing lives! Addressing the needs of the new history National Curriculum, this book will engage readers and encourage them to ask questions about history and how times change.

Queen Victoria in Switzerland

Author: Peter Arengo-Jones

Publisher: Robert Hale

ISBN: N.A

Category: Queens

Page: 168

View: 7462


In this book the author incorporates the hitherto unpublished journal written by Queen Victoria during her stay in Switzerland when she was accompanied by a daughter. Interwoven with the journal are the author's descriptions of the places as they were then and are now, and an historical background.

Queen Victoria

Author: Giles St. Aubyn

Publisher: Atheneum Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Great Britain

Page: 728

View: 6087


Who was the person behind the legends and the myths that have always surrounded Queen Victoria? To answer that question--and to create his full-scale portrait--Giles St. Aubyn has concentrated on her relationships with her family, her ministers, and even her servants. What emerges is a fascinating picture of an honest and courageous woman.