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The Illustrated Queen Victoria Hardcover – Sep 1988


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Grove Pr; First US Edition edition (Sept. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155584295X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555842956
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 20.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,417,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tony G. on 23 Mar. 2013
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Queen Victoria has always fascinated me. For any young girl to suddenly become Queeen and assume so much authority after years of repression creates an interesting psychological profile to contemplate. The queen was a mass of contradictions. History remembers her as an arch prude yet her deeply intense and physical love for her 'beloved Albert' shows a passionate personality who enjoyed her love life to the full. Her imperiousness and her sense of herself as Queen affected all who came in contact with her and woe betide anyone who failed to show the correct degree of deference. Yet a peasant woman on the Balmoral estate who was regularly visited by the Queen on her scottish holidays recalled her as a 'homely wee body' and a simple and - dare i say it - almost humble personality. Her self indulgence, her willfulness and selfishness are her least endearing qualities. She was a determined getter of her own way and everything revolved around her will and her wishes. She would think nothing of summoning a busy government minister 600 miles to Balmoral for a 10 minute audience and not even consider the inconvienience. Her relationship with her children reflected her selfishness and she was dominating to the point of cruelty. This biography by Lytton Strachey is well written but lacks the insight of later biographies but is non the less an interesting account of the Queens personality and her times. For those interested I would suggest reading 'Victoria R I' by Elizabeth Longford which is written with great insight and humour and one of the most compelling autobiographies I have ever read
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By DizzyGoth on 6 Mar. 2011
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This was written quite soon after Victoria died. It was a good read. Most of the books on Vicoria I have read have been very recent and deal with the "scandel" in glorious technicolour. This book kind of veers around too much unpleasantness so you get a feel on how being in the Victorian era could be! I enjoyed it and it was the first book I read on my Kindle.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Oct. 2000
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I have always been kind of scared of biogaphies. I feared they were boring and stuffed with chronological annotations. With this book I have discovered they can be really enjoyable and fun. The author not only gives a full account of queen Victoria's life, but he also writes about her feelings in quite a remarkable way. He's always accurate, and he always stops analysing her emotional reactions, her sometimes childish behaviour, without ever patronising and always showing the human side of what has with time become a legendary queen. You can read between the lines he's fond of the woman he's writing about, and as you go on reading his feelings become your own. At the end of the book you cannot but feel sympathy for queen Victoria and you wish you could turn back time and share some of the most glorious moments of the long reign.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Mar. 2014
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Lytton Strachey's biography of Queen Victoria won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for its psychological insight, accuracy and wit. Although one of the first to be written about Victoria, and more reverent and approving than some more modern ones, it offers a sympathetic and affectionate portrait of a complex woman.
Strachey, a member of the Bloomsbury group and married to the poet Dora Carrington, had an unusual life of his own. He was an intellectual and although this biography is (obviously) a product of its time, it was innovative and won great admiration. It is a relatively easy and very interesting read, leaving one with a better understanding, not only of why she behaved as she did, for good and ill, but of the attitudes of the Victorian era. Strachey is not interested in the wider politics of the age, nor much interested in Victoria's life after Albert's death, but his account of her accession and her prime is fascinating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. M. Sykes on 29 July 2013
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I adored this biography. The early years are extremely well presented and Mr Strachey leads you through the very tangled web that ended up putting Queen Victoria (just) on the throne.

The early and middle parts of her life are well documented, especially in her dependence on the prime-ministers and her (in today's terms) shocking political partiality. After the death of Albert, the Prince Consort, the story runs out of steam. Mr Strachey claims there is little original material as letters were few and far between, it almost seems as if he has gor bored and tries to close the last 40 years as quickly as possible.

There is almost no foreign policy discussed other than the machinations of the German princelings. No mention of the Indian Mutiny nor of British conquests elsewhere in the world. Nothing much about the Industrial Revolution. These omissions make this a good read but very far from the definitive biography.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr John Orr on 27 Aug. 2014
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This book told me more about Prince Albert,Prime Ministers and earlier Sovereign s than it did about Queen Victoria.Somewhat disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jayne Bayliss on 24 May 2014
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Very detailed and interesting and I discovered things I didn't know about Queen Victoria. My one criticism is that is was too long! Would appeal to anyone interested in the history of the royal family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By skecksi on 28 Sept. 2013
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Absolutely fascinating, I learned so many things from reading this book! Although uninspiring to look at, I felt it gave me a valuable insight into the life of a great Queen.
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