on 14 April 2014
At last someone has taken the trouble to delve beneath the surface and uncover why so much nonsense is presented about Queen Victoria nowadays! This is a fascinating book which is both informative and easy to read and approaches the story of the Queen from an entirely new perspective. It sheds a great deal of light on the characters who first edited Victoria's letters and explains why so many important details are omitted. In many ways it is disturbing to realise that these troubled men have been responsible for creating an incomplete and often inauthentic portrayal of Victoria, and it is wonderful that, all these years later, this author has presented the truth! Highly recommended!
on 5 September 2014
A very interesting book, giving a completely different 'take' on the diaries of Queen Victoria. What a strange pair of mysoginists the editors were! Had they been less so, a completely different image of Victoria would surely have emerged and history would have presented her very differently!
on 30 July 2015
This book is quite an achievement. You simply would not guess that it started off as a PhD thesis. The friend who is acknowledged as doing the first abridgement deserves great praise. The book itself is a fascinating account of the various pressures that led to the published version of Queen Victoria's correspondence in the early years of her reign. Some of those pressures were self-inflicted, mostly by Lord Esher the prime mover; others derived from the King and those around him, ever sensitive to possible slights, a real problem given the range and frequent candour of QV's interventions. Well done, and a riveting read.