A Life

eBook - 2014
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'Writing about Queen Victoria has been one of the most joyous experiences of my life. I have read thousands (literally) of letters never before published, and grown used to her as to a friend. Maddening? Egomaniac? Hysterical? A bad mother? Some have said so. What emerged for me was a brave, original woman who was at the very epicentre of Britain's changing place in the world: a solitary woman in an all-male world who understood politics and foreign policy much better than some of her ministers; a person possessed by demons, but demons which she was brave enough to conquer. Above all, I became aware, when considering her eccentric friendships and deep passions, of what a loveable person she was.' A. N. Wilson
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Press,, 2014.
ISBN: 9781782393443
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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I must admit, I have not finished this challenging book yet as I post this comment, but I can readily agree with the comment made by claire1953. This is definitely not the kind of biography that you can sit back and enjoy reading with ease. As claire1953 said, this book is for "history buffs." (Yes, I will try finishing it)

Dec 14, 2015

This book is obviously the result of years of work on the part of the author. It is not, however, for the faint of heart. It's 576 pages contain hundreds of historical details surrounding Victoria's reign. The reader who is more interested in her as a person must sift through these details to find the interesting woman that she was. Because of her extremely long reign and because she bore nine children, one volume would not suffice to fully understand her relationship with her children and grand-children. After her death, Edward VII and her youngest daughter Beatrice ensured that a lot of her personal correspondence with Prime Ministers, John Brown ant the Munshi were seriously edited and/or destroyed. Again, a book for serious history buffs.

debwalker Nov 07, 2014

Unusual Penny's Pick for November 2014. "Readers will never look at Queen Victoria the same way again."

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