Who was Queen Victoria? A little old lady, potato-like in appearance, dressed in everlasting black? Or a passionate young princess, a romantic heroine with a love of dancing? There is also a third Victoria - a woman who was also a remarkably successful queen, one who invented a new role for the monarchy. She found a way of being a respected sovereign in an age when people we...
|Title||:||Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow|
|Number of Pages||:||432 pages|
Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow Reviews
This book held my interest from start to finish. Lots of little stories I remember being passed down to me during my childhood, all true to the tale. Osbourne House in particular. Pity it did not mention Fort Albert which was a favourite playing ground of both V&A’s children and also mine.
British historian Lucy Worsley's new book, "Queen Victoria: Twenty-Four Days That Changed Her Life", is a well-written, comprehensive biography. Before I started to read the book, I supposed the "Twenty Four" days were a specific period of time, say, the time around her 18th birthday, and her ascension to throne soon after. But, the "Twenty Four" days were actually individual days, important to her and her reign. Her birth day, her wedding day, the death of Albert, are just a few of the days hig ...more
I mean it's not history in the AJP Taylor sense, but I do love a Lucy Worsley romp - for that is what this is, through 24 significant days in Queen Victoria's life.
Each chapter is a edutaining mix of letters, diary entries and official reports that cast a new(ish) light on bits of Victoria's reign. There's plenty you'll know the main parts of - the Kensington System, Munshi Mania, John Brown - but there are unexpected jewels that add a human dimension to the generally austere impression we have ...more
I love Ms Worsley's books, but I've never been a big fan of queen Victoria or prince Albert. However I might revise my idea of Victoria. Certainly her early years with her mother were difficult, but her later treatment of her mother was quite shocking. Much of the blame for how Victoria turned out in later years can be laid at Albert's door. Despite vowing to herself never to become dependent on a man like her mother, Victoria did exactly that and allowed Albert to dictate how both their private ...more
I'm a huge fan of Lucy Worsley, who manages to make history accessible to everyone without ever dumbing it down, so this book was an automatic read for me. Queen Victoria and the era she ushered in, is endlessly fascinating. Just take a moment and think about all the books that use Victorian England as a backdrop that have been written in the last few years - of all genres too from crime to horror, from urban fantasy to steampunk. There's something about the reign of Queen Victoria (1837 - 1901) ...more
Tl;dr: Queen Victoria: Twenty Four Days that Changed Her Life has an mouthful of a title but is an engaging piece of popular culture history.
It focuses on 24 "days" or periods in Queen Victoria's life, covering the period from her birth to death, with roughly half the book devoted to her early life and marriage to Prince Albert, with the remainder focusing on her widowhood and later reign.
Covering Queen Victoria is a lot--she ruled for over sixty years, and was an astonishing popular figure for ...more
I really liked this biography of Queen Victoria. I read so very much about Victorian culture and literature for my degree and for fun that it seemed strange that I had never read that much about the woman herself, so when I saw this book by Lucy Worsley (whose writing I love) I had to get it.
And there was a lot here which I hadn't known, so that was very interesting. Lucy Worsley does a great job of showing the reader Victoria's personal relationships with others, be that her family or her serv ...more
I found this really fascinating and very much enjoyed it