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The perfect companion to the upcoming PBS Masterpiece series Victoria
A gripping account of Queen Victoria's rise and early years in power from CNN's official royal historian
"Kate Williams has perfected the art of historical biography. Her pacy writing is underpinned by the most impeccable scholarship." (Alison Weir)
In 1819, a girl was born to the fourth son of King George III. No one could have expected such an unassuming, overprotected girl to be an effective ruler - yet Queen Victoria would become one of the most powerful monarchs in history.
Writing with novelistic flair and historical precision, Kate Williams reveals a vibrant woman in the prime of her life while chronicling the byzantine machinations that continued even after the crown was placed on her head. Upon hearing that she had inherited the throne, 18-year-old Victoria banished her overambitious mother from the room, a simple yet resolute move that would set the tone for her reign. The queen clashed constantly not only with her mother and her mother's adviser, the Irish adventurer John Conroy, but with her ministers and even her beloved Prince Albert - all of whom attempted to seize control from her.
Williams lays bare the passions that swirled around the throne - the court secrets, the sexual repression, and the endless intrigue. The result is a grand tale of a woman whose destiny began long before she was born and whose legacy lives on.
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By Wren on 04-01-17
Extremely Well Written and Readable
One of the most informative biographies placed into an enjoyable writing style that I have had the pleasure to read. The dual biography of Queen Victoria and her lesser known predecessor, Charlotte the almost Queen whose death changed the line of succession. Fascinating and enjoyable. The narrator had a slightly noticeable style that I came to enjoy. Very pleasant to listen to.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By EM new Mom on 04-03-17
Fascinating and well read
Would you consider the audio edition of Becoming Queen Victoria to be better than the print version?
This well told biography is wonderfully read and a fascinating tale of the rise of Victoria. A compelling listen!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful