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VICTORIA LETTERS: The Heart and Mind of a Young Queen

HELEN RAPPAPORT    Book Number: 83112    Product format: Hardback

Even by royal standards, the young Queen Victoria's life was packed with incident. Illustrated with numerous stills from ITV's acclaimed series, this fascinating companion uses extracts from Victoria's copious letters and diaries to recreate the texture of her life and loves up to the birth of her first child. On ascending the throne, Victoria, played on TV by Jenna Coleman, was determined to be her own woman. She intended to marry for love, but the impressionable young queen, still a teenager, was captivated by the "fine and honest character" of her Prime Minister Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell). Melbourne's duties included galloping for an exhausting 20 miles on horseback with the energetic young queen, but he was a real friend who never overstepped the mark in spite of being a veteran philanderer. His wife Caroline created an almighty scandal when she ran off with Lord Byron, and Victoria's diary records Melbourne's opinion of Byron, who "dazzled everyone" but was "treacherous beyond conception". When the two Saxe-Coburg brothers were presented to Victoria for inspection she was in no hurry to marry either of them, but when she finally got to the point of proposing to Albert (Tom Hughes), her journal records "He is perfection; perfection in every way, in beauty, in everything". Victoria's choice of white for her wedding dress was considered odd, but she had her way and set the fashion. A final chapter gives the reader a look behind the scenes in the TV studio. 300pp, lovely colour photos.
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