When Queen Victoria died in 1901, she had ruled for nearly 64 years. She was mother of 9 and grandmother of 42, and the matriarch of Royal Europe, through the inter-marriage of her children. Her destiny was thus interwoven with millions of peoples – in Europe, and the ever-expanding British Empire. A.N. Wilson’s far reaching, exhaustively researched and definitive biography explores the curious set of circumstances that led to Victoria’s coronation, her strange and isolated childhood, her passionate marriage, Prince Albert’s pivotal influence, her widowhood and intimate friendship with John Brown. He sets this against the backdrop of this most momentous politcal and historical epoch in Britain – and Europe’s – history.

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‘Writing about Queen Victoria has been one of the most joyous experiences of my life. I have read thousands (literally) of letters never before published, and grown used to her as to a friend. Maddening? Egomaniac? Hysterical? A bad mother? Some have said so. What emerged for me was a brave, original woman who was at the very epicentre of Britain’s changing place in the world: a solitary woman in an all-male world who understood politics and foreign policy much better than some of her ministers; a person possessed by demons, but demons which she was brave enough to conquer. Above all, I became aware, when considering her eccentric friendships and deep passions, of what a loveable person she was.’ A. N. Wilson

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Weight 0.625 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 4.7 cm






xiv, 642 , 16 unnumbered of plates




941.081092 (edition:23)


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