Victoria: A Life

Victoria: A Life

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When Queen Victoria died in 1901, she had ruled for nearly sixty-four years. She was a mother of nine and grandmother of forty-two and the matriarch of royal Europe through her children’s marriages. To many, Queen Victoria is a ruler shrouded in myth and mystique, an aging, stiff widow paraded as the figurehead to an all-male imperial enterprise. But in truth, Britain's longest-reigning monarch was one of the most passionate, expressive, humorous and unconventional women who ever lived, and the story of her life continues to fascinate.

A. N. Wilson's exhaustively researched and definitive biography includes a wealth of new material from previously unseen sources to show us Queen Victoria as she’s never been seen before. Wilson explores the curious set of circumstances that led to Victoria's coronation, her strange and isolated childhood, her passionate marriage to Prince Albert and his pivotal influence even after death and her widowhood and subsequent intimate friendship with her Highland servant John Brown, all set against the backdrop of this momentous epoch in Britain’s history — and the world’s.

Born at the very moment of the expansion of British political and commercial power across the globe, Victoria went on to chart a unique course for her country even as she became the matriarch of nearly every great dynasty of Europe. Her destiny was thus interwoven with those of millions of people — not just in Europe but in the ever-expanding empire that Britain was becoming throughout the nineteenth century. The famed queen had a face that adorned postage stamps, banners, statues and busts all over the known world.

Wilson's Victoria is a towering achievement, a masterpiece of biography by a writer at the height of his powers.

Title:Victoria: A Life
ISBN:9781594205996
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    Victoria: A Life Reviews

  • Diane

    This is an interesting and exhaustive biography of Queen Victoria.I sought this out because I've long been fascinated by Victoria and Prince Albert, and also by the 19th century. Born in 1819 and livi...

  • Laurel Hicks

    There are some very long books that I wish would never end. This is not one of them....

  • Dindy

    I was a little disappointed in A.N. Wilson's Victoria: A Life. Okay, I was a lot disappointed, because I was hoping to get some new insight into the life of Victoria. In writing this book, Wilson had ...

  • Richard Thomas

    I finished this with a great deal of regret as it is to me a masterly biography of someone who combined a great deal of empathy and humanity with being a monstre sacre of sublime selfishness. He doesn...

  • Colleen

    Sloppy, disjointed and rather dismissive in parts, but revealing nonetheless. Concurrently in reading this book, I also watched several documentaries on Victoria and her children, and it's interesting...

  • Jean

    Victoria has been a magnet for biographical rereading in the eleven decades since her death. In the 1990s academic scholars got hold of the Queen and the results were a post structuralist Victoria. It...

  • Jaclyn

    I went into this book without much knowledge of Queen Victoria outside of a few general details. I have not read anything else that focuses on the woman, but I can't help but feel that this book does ...

  • Daniel Kukwa

    Victoria's reign is far too long, and too detailed to have a single, definitive biography. But if you're looking for something to act as an ideal survey-course-between-two-covers, then you won't go wr...

  • Eva

    I got the ARC via Penguin's First to Read program. The subject of this book is fascinating, the structure of the book could have been improved. At points there was so much trivial information being th...

  • SuperWendy

    Dense and, to be honest, rather dull. Focuses rather heavily on the politics of the era and the author comes off as dismissive of Victoria more often than not. I listened to this on audio and it was e...