Victoria: The Queen

An Intimate Biography of the Woman who Ruled an Empire

Author: Julia Baird

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0349134499

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 752

View: 8942


NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY JANET MASLIN, THE NEW YORK TIMES 'Victoria the Queen, Julia Baird's exquisitely wrought and meticulously researched biography, brushes the dusty myth off this extraordinary monarch' The New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice). The true story for fans of the hit ITV drama series Victoria starring Jenna Coleman, this page-turning biography reveals the real woman behind the myth: a bold, glamorous, unbreakable queen. Drawing on previously unpublished papers, this stunning book is a story of love and heartbreak, of devotion and grief, of strength and resilience. When Victoria was born, in 1819, the world was a very different place. Revolution would begin to threaten many of Europe's monarchies in the coming decades. In Britain, a generation of royals had indulged their whims at the public's expense, and republican sentiment was growing. The Industrial Revolution was transforming the landscape, and the British Empire was commanding ever larger parts of the globe. Born into a world where woman were often powerless, during a century roiling with change, Victoria went on to rule the most powerful country on earth with a decisive hand. Fifth in line to the throne at the time of her birth, Victoria was an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary role. As a girl, she defied her mother's meddling and an adviser's bullying, forging an iron will of her own. As a teenage queen, she eagerly grasped the crown and relished the freedom it brought her. At twenty years old, she fell passionately in love with Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, eventually giving birth to nine children. She loved sex and delighted in power. She was outspoken with her ministers, overstepping boundaries and asserting her opinions. After the death of her adored Albert, she began a controversial, intimate relationship with her servant John Brown. She survived eight assassination attempts over the course of her lifetime. And as science, technology, and democracy were dramatically reshaping the world, Victoria was a symbol of steadfastness and security-queen of a quarter of the world's population at the height of the British Empire's reach. Drawing on sources that include revelations about Victoria's relationship with John Brown, Julia Baird brings vividly to life the fascinating story of a woman who struggled with so many of the things we do today: balancing work and family, raising children, navigating marital strife, losing parents, combating anxiety and self-doubt, finding an identity, searching for meaning. This sweeping, page-turning biography gives us the real woman behind the myth.

What Do I Read Next?

A Reader's Guide to Current Genre Fiction

Author: Neil Barron,Daniel S. Burt,Tom Barton

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9780787661823

Category: Fiction genres

Page: 690

View: 8473


Provides synopses for over 1,500 titles of current popular fiction and recommends other books by such criteria as authors, characters portrayed, time period, geographical setting, or genre

What Do I Read Next? 2002

Author: Gale Group,Neil Barron

Publisher: Gale Cengage

ISBN: 9780787652951

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 712

View: 4470


Contains descriptions of 1,201 books in nine fiction genres published in late 2001 and 2002, each including the author or editor's name, publication information, story type, major characters, subject, plot summary, and lists of reviews and other books by the same writer; arranged alphabetically by author in each genre section.

Mated to the King of Dwarves (Dwarven Gold, #1)

A BBW Paranormal Fated Mate Romance

Author: Jaci Chandler

Publisher: Jaci Chandler


Category: Fiction

Page: 98

View: 664


A curvy misfit, I've lived my entire life in books. Kidnapped into a erotic underground world, where males outnumber females by a hundred to one, it doesn't take long to discover I'm the fated mate of the newly ascended king, Thorin the Tenth. He's loud, rude and arrogant, but I'm stunned by his vulnerability to me and find myself wanting to seize this chance at love. But Dwarfholme is changing, and Thorin is in danger. The gods have limits and spending years as his regent has left the dowager queen with a taste for power. I've finally found the partner I've so desperately wanted, but is it just great sex or a forever love? With my future mother-in-law out to destroy us, and my mate's childhood friend a bloodthirsty god, time is running out. I need to discover the truth between us, before it's too late. Lady Arabella and the Dwarven King is the first of six novellas in the DWARVEN GOLD erotic romance fantasy series. It is a complete story with no cliffhangers and contains hot dwarfs who look like Vikings, intense m/m scenes, a world on the verge of war, deadly royals, a tumultuous and glittering Court, and lots of hot romance between fated mates. If you like sexy fantasy romances set in unique new worlds, Lady Arabella and the Dwarven King is for you. Buy your copy and start the adventure now! The adventure continues as Jerred fights to bring Deidra to Dwarfholme in Lady Deidra and the Lord of the Deeps: Dwarven Gold book 2. Little does he know, fate has ways to bring two mates together--even if one is a Dwarven Lord and the other is a Regency Miss. Events grow darker and more dangerous as dwarven bro Flint Albridge finds the geek girl of his dreams. Too bad he has to choose sides to save her. Pre-order your copy of Lady Lucy and the Dwarven Duke now!

Library Journal

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Libraries

Page: N.A

View: 9690


Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.