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Victoria the Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire

Julia Baird
Format
Book
Published
New York : Random House, [2016]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9781400069880, 1400069882, 9780679605058 (ebook)
Summary
A magnificent biography of Queen Victoria by International New York Times columnist Julia Baird. Drawing on previously unpublished papers, 'Victoria: The Queen' is a stunning new portrait of the real woman behind the myth--a story of love and heartbreak, of devotion and grief, of strength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, 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 fresh 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: a bold, glamorous, unbreakable queen--a Victoria for our times, a Victoria who endured.--Jacket.
Contents
  • The birth of "pocket Hercules"
  • The death of a father
  • The lonely, naughty princess
  • An impossible, strange madness
  • "Awful scenes in the house"
  • Becoming queen: "I am very young"
  • The coronation: "a dream out of the Arabian nights"
  • Learning to rule
  • A scandal in the palace
  • Virago in love
  • The bride: "I never, never spent such an evening"
  • Only the husband, and not the master
  • The palace intruders
  • King to all intents: "like a vulture into his prey"
  • Perfect, awful, spotless prosperity
  • Annus Mirabilis: the revolutionary year
  • What Albert did: the Great Exhibition of 1851
  • The Crimea: 'This unsatisfactory war'
  • Royal parents and the dragon of dissatisfaction
  • "There is no one to call me Victoria now"
  • "The whole house seems like Pompeii."
  • Resuscitating the widow at Windsor
  • The queen's stallion
  • The faery queen awakes
  • Enough to kill any man
  • "Two ironclads colliding": the queen and Mr. Gladstone
  • The monarch in a bonnet
  • The "poor munshi"
  • The diamond empire
  • The end of the Victorian Age: "The streets were indeed a strange sight."
Description
xlvii, 696 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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