Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow
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...more
Victoria: “I am most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write to join in checking this mad, wicked folly of “Women’s Rights,” with all its attendant horrors, on which her poor feeble sex is bent, forgetting every sense of womanly feelings and propriety. Feminists ought to get a good whipping. We ...more
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
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
In her usually upbeat and engaging style, social historian and Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, Lucy Worsley's biography of Queen Victoria is a selective view of the life of the most p ...more
This book follows 23 (not counting her parents wedding day??) days in Queen Victoria's life, and involved an amalgamation of information drawn from various primary and secondary sources. I read this really REALLY quick for a non-fiction book (and for me) as it was truly different.
First things first, I don't think this book is very new with information given and wouldn't really be a good recommendation if you're looking for an incredibly in depth or detailed account of Queen Victoria. I do feel ...more
This technique feels most effective in the first part of the book, where Victoria's childhood, accession to the throne, engagement, and marriage form a natural narrative. Where she begins to leap forward in time to the middl ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It is interesting, and it reads more like ...more
“How did she go from dancing princess to potato?”
True to its secondary title, there are specifically 24 referenced dates/days & places, each with its own chapter on how they affected Queen Victoria as a (true mostly to the original title) daughter, wife, mother, and widow. Worsley frames each moment not as a bland, droning historic researcher, bu ...more
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'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
Having said that though, the book had an interesting premise, the 24 chapters focusing on a specific day of Queen Victoria's life (and pre-life LOL!), which gave a broad overview of her life and how she changed - and didn't change - over the decades.
Although the author didn't seem to care much for Prince Albert - my favourite :OP - I suppose I could see where she was coming from with that.
This is one of my favourite books from Lucy Worsley! Queen Victoria can be an overwhelming and sometimes infuriating monarch to study; there is just so much to sift through. In addition to all of her own diaries and letters (which is staggering amount of sources to begin with), you then have surviving diaries and correspondence from those who came into contact with her, and then newspapers, court circulars, and coun ...more
My first job after leaving college was at a crazy but wonderful historic house called Milton Manor in Oxfordshire. Here I would give guided tours, occasionally feed the llamas, and look for important pieces of p ...more