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Queen Victoria by [Strachey, Giles Lytton]
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Lytton Strachey (1880-1932), among the most famous writers of his time, was a member of the Bloomsbury group and the author of a number of biographies. His Eminent Victorians, published in 1918, inaugurated a new style of biography distinguished by irony, wit, irreverence, and elegance of language. He is also the author of Elizabeth and Essex, Biographical Essays, and Literary Essays.

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  • Print Length: 167 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008479MPU
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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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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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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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Parts of the book I found interesting but on the whole it contained a lot of detail which was for me unnecessary. Basically Victoria was a product of her time far removed from today's world. The book appears to show her as a self-indulgent woman who was extremely susceptible to flattery. I found little to admire in her character.particularly during her long spell of isolated widowhood.
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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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By Mrs G on 26 Feb. 2013
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I enjoyed this book immensely, I read it after watching a programme about Queen Victoria and how she was with her children, I was sure that was not the whole story and whilst this book doesn't cover her children/parenting skills very much nor her relationship with Mr Brown, what it does do is explain her as a person which was an eye opener. I would recommend it.
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To long winded for me. I like a story that catches my attention, even though I kept on reading it never once did I feel wow this is history and very educational. I love to read how thing used to be this book was a no no for me.
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I found this book REALLY interesting because the 'inside information' written about the young Princess who later became the Queen, could only have come from someone who had privileged information.
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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