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Queen Victoria and the Discovery of the Riviera Paperback – 30 Apr 2007

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks; annotated edition edition (30 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845113454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845113452
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Michael Nelson fully appreciates the subtle relationships between the private and the public, even in the life of imperial sovereigns, and his highly readable book will interest different kinds of readers. For me it is rich in texture as, I believe, it will be for them."--Lord Asa Briggs
"A distinctly original contribution to the studies of Queen Victoria. Those sections covering the extraordinary people the Queen met on the Riviera are most moving and human."--Elizabeth Longford
"This is a book full of fascinating and well-documented information."--Roy Jenkins"One would hardly expect yet another book on Queen Victoria to be amusing, but this one's a rare treat."--Gail Benjafield, Library Journal..".an enjoyable portrait of one of the modern era's most important monarchs."--Publishers Weekly "A well-researched and highly readable account of the Sovereign's love affair with the South of France...a great book which deserves a wide readership." - "The Riviera Reporter" "This enjoyable and knowledgeable book explores many aspects of the later Victorian period from a new angle, and in a new context. It is particularly illuminating on the relations between Britain and France at this time, an area to which not enough attention is paid." -- Jacqueline Banerjee, "The Victorian Web"


*Michael Nelson fully appreciates the subtle relationships between the private and the public, even in the life of imperial sovereigns, and his highly readable book will interest different kinds of readers. For me it is rich in texture as, I believe, it will be for them.*--Lord Asa Briggs
*A distinctly original contribution to the studies of Queen Victoria. Those sections covering the extraordinary people the Queen met on the Riviera are most moving and human.*--Elizabeth Longford
*This is a book full of fascinating and well-documented information.*--Roy Jenkins*One would hardly expect yet another book on Queen Victoria to be amusing, but this one's a rare treat.*--Gail Benjafield, Library Journal*...an enjoyable portrait of one of the modern era's most important monarchs.*--Publishers Weekly *A well-researched and highly readable account of the Sovereign's love affair with the South of France...a great book which deserves a wide readership.* - "The Riviera Reporter" *This enjoyable and knowledgeable book explores many aspects of the later Victorian period from a new angle, and in a new context. It is particularly illuminating on the relations between Britain and France at this time, an area to which not enough attention is paid.* -- Jacqueline Banerjee, "The Victorian Web"

About the Author

Michael Nelson is an historian of the French Riivera. He was General Manager of Reuters. Lord Asa Briggs is former Provost of Worcester College, Oxford, and is President of the Victorian Society.


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I am surprised more hasn't been written about this lovely book, which is filled with beautiful details and descriptions. The most moving part for me was the chapter covering the death of Prince Leopold at Cannes and the extracts from Queen Victoria's letters, touching on that.
The book is quite unique in that really portrays Queen Victoria 'in holiday mode' rather than the comnon image of her, unsmiling and unamused. After reading it, I had a burning desire to follow the same routes that the Queen took...A really lovely read!!

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A fascinating and detailed book which shows that Queen Victoria retained an interest in travel, politics and the minute details of daily life in the years after Prince Albert's death. Also full of wonderful snippets about people and places on the French Riviera in the years when it developed as a holiday destination for European Royalty and others.
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By Paul Magnussen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 April 2010
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This delightful, well researched and eminently readable book carried me along so effortlessly that I had trouble putting it down.

The Queen first came to the Riviera in 1882, and was so pleased with it that she returned whenever she could: 'Oh, if only I were at Nice, I should recover', she said as she was dying.

This story of her sojourns there, far from being a mere travelogue, draws on her journal and on the accounts of many other people to give a fascinating picture, not only of H.M. herself in her lighter moments, but also of many other figures of the day such as the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII), Lord Salisbury, Kaiser Bill and King Leopold of the Belgians; and of contemporary events such as the Fashoda incident and the outbreak of the Boer War.

Since she presided over a snobbish era, one might imagine that Victoria was herself a snob. But that is shown clearly not to be the case, and she emerges as compassionate, intelligent, conscientious and rather endearing lady — although not of course without her quirks!

There are many contemporary photographs, illustrations and cartoons, some in colour.

Oh, and if you were wondering in exactly what circumstances H.M. said 'We are not amused', that's here too.

I now intend to read all of Michael Nelson's books: next, obviously, is the sequel: Americans and the Making of the Riviera.
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"A traveller may leave London bridge station at 7,40 on Monday morning by mail train for Paris, and be at Nice or Mentone for supper the following day, Tuesday.
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By Paul Magnussen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This delightful, well researched and eminently readable book carried me along so effortlessly that I had trouble putting it down.

The Queen first came to the Riviera in 1882, and was so pleased with it that she returned whenever she could: 'Oh, if only I were at Nice, I should recover', she said as she was dying.

This story of her sojourns there, far from being a mere travelogue, draws on her journal and on the accounts of many other people to give a fascinating picture, not only of H.M. herself in her lighter moments, but also of many other figures of the day such as the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII), Lord Salisbury, Kaiser Bill and King Leopold of the Belgians; and of contemporary events such as the Fashoda incident and the outbreak of the Boer War.

Since she presided over a snobbish era, one might imagine that Victoria was herself a snob. But that is shown clearly not to be the case, and she emerges as compassionate, intelligent, conscientious and rather endearing lady — although not of course without her quirks!

There are many contemporary photographs, illustrations and cartoons, some in colour.

Oh, and if you were wondering in exactly what circumstances H.M. said 'We are not amused', that's here too.

I now intend to read all of Michael Nelson's books. Next, obviously, is the sequel: Americans and the Making of the Riviera.
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Gave me an understanding of how the Riviera developed. Was great for any one anyone getting ready to visit the Riveira.
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