Queen Victoria

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Da Capo Press, Incorporated, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 557 pages
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In this surprising new life of Victoria, Christopher Hibbert, master of the telling anecdote and peerless biographer of England's great leaders, paints a fresh and intimate portrait of the woman who shaped a century. His Victoria is not only the formidable, demanding, capricious queen of popular imagination?she is also often shy, diffident, and vulnerable, prone to giggling fits and crying jags. Often censorious when confronted with her mother's moral lapses, she herself could be passionately sensual, emotional, and deeply sentimental. Ascending to the throne at age eighteen, Victoria ruled for sixty-four years?an astounding length for any world leader. During her reign, she dealt with conflicts ranging from royal quarrels to war in Crimea and rebellion in India. She saw monarchs fall, empires crumble, new continents explored, and England grow into a dominant global and industrial power. This personal history is a compelling look at the complex woman whom, until now, we only thought we knew.

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I read this book for my AP European History class and it is fantastic! Queen Victoria was an amazing person. If anyone is interested in seeing a movie about Queen Victoria, then I recommend the A&E miniseries, Victoria and Albert. The Young Victoria is much less informative (not to mention factually incorrect) and mainly focuses on drama. Mrs. Brown, another movie about Victoria, is about an improper relationship between Victoria and her servant, John Brown. A romantic relationship between Victoria and Brown is highly unlikely and has no supporting evidence. This book is awesome and I recommend it to anyone interested in Queen Victoria. 

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skips around a bit. would have liked to have read more about her children. needed translations for her french phrases. Read full review

Contents

The Family
3
The Parents
9
The Child
17
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About the author (2001)

Christopher Hibbert has written many well-received biographies, including, most recently, Queen Victoria. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Honorary Doctor of Letters of Leicester University.

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