QUEEN VICTORIA: Twenty-Four Days That Changed Her Life

QUEEN VICTORIA: Twenty-Four Days That Changed Her Life

LUCY WORSLEY    Book Number: 90825    Product format: Hardback

Popular TV historian Lucy Worsley is particularly interested in Queen Victoria's years as a widow because only in maturity did she come out of the shadow of her husband's domineering personality to emerge imperious, eccentric and really rather magnificent. A passionate princess, an astute and clever queen and a cunning widow, Victoria played many roles throughout her life. She simultaneously managed to define a socially conservative vision of Victorian womanhood, while also defying its conventions. Beneath her exterior image of traditional daughter, wife, mother and widow, she was a strong-willed and masterful politician. Worsley recreates 24 of the most important days in Victoria's life giving a glimpse into the identity of this powerful, difficult Queen and the contradictions that defined her. It begins with a double wedding at Kew Palace 11th July 1818, three weeks missing in Ramsgate October 1835, Coronation at Buckingham Palace 28th June 1838, in Lady Flora's bed chamber June 1839. As the good wife the proposal at Windsor Castle October 1839, wedding day, Christmas at Windsor 1850, a Maharaja on the Isle of Wight August 1854, Miss Nightingale at Balmoral 1856. The Widow of Windsor includes sewer-poison Sandringham 1871, lunch with Disraeli 1877, John Brown's legs 1884, the French Riviera 1897 and death bed at Osborne 22nd January 1901 are among the 24 selected days and how Victoria reacted to meeting significant people. Superbly detailed and great fun delving into the minutiae of the day, its effects on the household and many citations from Queen Victoria's journal. 432 pages. An ingenious way to learn history.
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ISBN 9781250201423
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