Drawing on Queen Victoria’s diaries, which she first started reading when she was a student at Cambridge University, Daisy Goodwin―creator and writer of the new PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria and author of the bestselling novels The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter―brings the young nineteenth-century monarch, who would go on to reign for 63 years, richly to life in this magnificent novel.
Early one morning, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria is roused from bed with the news that her uncle William IV has died and she is now Queen of England. The men who run the country have doubts about whether this sheltered young woman, who stands less than five feet tall, can rule the greatest nation in the world.
Despite her age, however, the young queen is no puppet. She has very definite ideas about the kind of queen she wants to be, and the first thing is to choose her name.
“I do not like the name Alexandrina,” she proclaims. “From now on I wish to be known only by my second name, Victoria.”
Next, people say she must choose a husband. Everyone keeps telling her she’s destined to marry her first cousin, Prince Albert, but Victoria found him dull and priggish when they met three years ago. She is quite happy being queen with the help of her prime minister, Lord Melbourne, who may be old enough to be her father but is the first person to take her seriously.
On June 19th, 1837, she was a teenager. On June 20th, 1837, she was a queen. Daisy Goodwin’s impeccably researched and vividly imagined new book brings readers Queen Victoria as they have never seen her before. (From Amazon)
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I found this book incredibly enthralling. It was written so well, that it was easy to feel Victoria’s emotions, to root her on, and to be completely repulsed by the people in her life who used her for power. I also loved the connection between Victoria and Lord Melbourne, I am not quite sure however if it love, or pure respect between them, but it was a joy to read their scenes.
There is a lot written in this book, that I was not aware that Queen Victoria did for her people. She seemed to rule with her heart, which I’m sure back in the “Victorian Era” was greatly appreciated after king, Victoria replaced.
I have never read anything by Daisy Goodwin, nor have I watched anything she has done on PBS. After reading this book, I will change that. Guys, if you have any interest in Royalty, Historical Fiction, and Historical Non-Fiction, that this is a must read. There are so many facts in this book, wrapped up in a fantastic story, that you breeze right through it!