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Queen Victoria Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
So did the author (Mr Giles Lytton Strachey) have that much access to the Princess/Queen (he doesn't say) - if not, who did?
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Not too bad, but too much politics for my liking, would have liked to read more about the queen and her family.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Confusing the way it is written. Appears to gave be written a long time agoPublished 11 months ago by Tracy
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