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
I just finished Queen Victoria: Twenty-Four Days That Changed Her Life by Lucy Worsley and I give it 5 stars. I first discovered Worsley through a documentary about the Russian Tsars and absolutely loved her presentation style, so when I saw that she wrote a book about Victoria I instantly had to request it! I admit, I approached this with a little trepidation, because biographies sometimes drone on. Trust me when I tell you, this one does not. It is well-written in almost a conversation-style r ...more
It was a very long book to start my 2019 reading year. However, Queen Victoria did live a very long and sensational life.
I've always admired Queen Victoria. England went thru many great changes during her reign. She is known as a woman who redefined British monarchy. Thankfully to this book, I've learned many new facts about Victoria. I was not aware of "baby race" prior to this book. And it was great to learn more about her parents, her relationship with uncle Leopold. And there were many new ...more
This is a great introduction to Queen Victoria for those who are looking to find out more about her life. Broken down into key days in over her life it cover events of significance in her personal and public life and encounters with other significant figures of the period. There is particular focus on her relationships with Prince Albert, her children and key servants. This isn't a work full of original resource, but it draws together lots of different aspects of Victoria's life and is very read ...more
This biography held my interest for the most part, the final three chapters dragged a bit for me. Worsely storytelling is quite compelling, a tad dramatic at times especially when I listened to the audiobook as well. Not a bad introduction to Victoria’s life (her parents’ life intrigued me most), though I can’t comment properly about Worsely’s historical analysis/interpretation of Queen Victoria’s life.
Very readable, each chapter taking a significant date in her life. Lucy certainly brings history to life.
I’ve always been fascinated by the Victorian era but have had a harder time with biographies of Queen Victoria herself. This one was a bit different. Instead of a detailed chronology, the author shares 24 snapshots of important events in the Queen’s life. I think this worked quite well here as there are an overwhelming amount of details available and a biographer (and reader) could easily get bogged down. A bit slow-moving at times, but I did enjoy this. 3.5 stars
Recent books and films have overturned the popular image of Queen Victoria as a dour recluse widow of ponderous dimensions to include the lively, stubborn girl-queen who loved dancing and wine and the young wife who enjoyed sex.
Lucy Worsley wanted to expand Victoria's story beyond the "dancing princess to potato" to include the woman who preserved the monarchy and ruled an empire. Worsley draws from Victoria's diaries and journals, probing behind the polished exterior presented for posterity. He ...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