Victoria: A Life
A.N. Wilson
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When Queen Victoria died in 1901, she had ruled for nearly sixty four years She was a mother of nine and grandmother of forty two and the matriarch of royal Europe through her children s marriages To many, Queen Victoria is a ruler shrouded in myth and mystique, an aging, stiff widow paraded as the figurehead to an all male imperial enterprise But in truth, Britain s loWhen Queen Victoria died in 1901, she had ruled for nearly sixty four years She was a mother of nine and grandmother of forty two and the matriarch of royal Europe through her children s marriages To many, Queen Victoria is a ruler shrouded in myth and mystique, an aging, stiff widow paraded as the figurehead to an all male imperial enterprise But in truth, Britain s longest reigning monarch was one of the most passionate, expressive, humorous and unconventional women who ever lived, and the story of her life continues to fascinate.A N Wilson s exhaustively researched and definitive biography includes a wealth of new material from previously unseen sources to show us Queen Victoria as she s never been seen before Wilson explores the curious set of circumstances that led to Victoria s coronation, her strange and isolated childhood, her passionate marriage to Prince Albert and his pivotal influence even after death and her widowhood and subsequent intimate friendship with her Highland servant John Brown, all set against the backdrop of this momentous epoch in Britain s history and the world s.Born at the very moment of the expansion of British political and commercial power across the globe, Victoria went on to chart a unique course for her country even as she became the matriarch of nearly every great dynasty of Europe Her destiny was thus interwoven with those of millions of people not just in Europe but in the ever expanding empire that Britain was becoming throughout the nineteenth century The famed queen had a face that adorned postage stamps, banners, statues and busts all over the known world.Wilson s Victoria is a towering achievement, a masterpiece of biography by a writer at the height of his powers.
  • Title: Victoria: A Life
  • Author: A.N. Wilson
  • ISBN: 9781594205996
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Hardcover

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Diane Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
This is an interesting and exhaustive biography of Queen Victoria.I sought this out because I've long been fascinated by Victoria and Prince Albert, and also by the 19th century. Born in 1819 and living for 81 years, Victoria experienced a truly amazing period of history. The vast expansion of the British Empire. The Industrial Revolution. Not to mention the incredible amount of art and music and literature that was created in the 1800s.Sidenote: I recently visited England, and apparently I'm no [...]
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Laurel Hicks Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
There are some very long books that I wish would never end. This is not one of them.
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Dindy Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
I was a little disappointed in A.N. Wilson's Victoria: A Life. Okay, I was a lot disappointed, because I was hoping to get some new insight into the life of Victoria. In writing this book, Wilson had access to Victoria's writings and other documents from the era to which other biographers have not been privy. However, I found that Wilson's writing tended to be jumpy and disjointed-- a timeline, genealogical chart, and cast of characters would have been immensely helpful in getting through this b [...]
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Caidyn (BW Book Reviews; he/him/his) Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
DNF somewhere around 70%I'm really starting to doubt that I even like Victoria. Her life is a jumbled mess. She feels sorry for herself throughout her life, and I hate people who do that. Especially when they have pretty damn good lives except for minor things. Then, there's her gossipy years. And her years where she's being controlled by Albert. Or various other men since she almost constantly seemed to need that. Also, pretty sexist woman.So, either I don't like Victoria or I don't like how sh [...]
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Richard Thomas Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
I finished this with a great deal of regret as it is to me a masterly biography of someone who combined a great deal of empathy and humanity with being a monstre sacre of sublime selfishness. He doesn't hide her many faults and examines the rumours of her marriage to John Brown with the right degree of scepticism but finds her fascinating and intelligent.
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Daniel Kukwa Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
Victoria's reign is far too long, and too detailed to have a single, definitive biography. But if you're looking for something to act as an ideal survey-course-between-two-covers, then you won't go wrong reading this surprisingly detailed yet surprisingly easy-to-read epic. A story of Victoria's reign more than Victoria the person, it does offer incredible insights into her psychological make-upd some fascinating observations about her relationships with her family, friends, and enemies. Extreme [...]
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Jean Poulos Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
Victoria has been a magnet for biographical rereading in the eleven decades since her death. In the 1990s academic scholars got hold of the Queen and the results were a post structuralist Victoria. It is now twenty years since the last serious flurry of biographical interest. Wilson picks up the pieces and puts the jigsaw back together again, creating in the process a Victoria for our own time.Wilson went to the archives in Sax-Coburg and reconnected the taproot of Victoria and Albert’s plan f [...]
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Colleen Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
Sloppy, disjointed and rather dismissive in parts, but revealing nonetheless. Concurrently in reading this book, I also watched several documentaries on Victoria and her children, and it's interesting the many different takes people have on her character and reign. I chose this book to read, because it was the largest, and I hoped the most comprehensive, but I think back to the drawing board. If anything, this book seemed to be mostly centered around Victoria's relations with her prime ministers [...]
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Jaclyn Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
I went into this book without much knowledge of Queen Victoria outside of a few general details. I have not read anything else that focuses on the woman, but I can't help but feel that this book does not do her justice. It is a dry read, and one that skips around in strangely disjointed ways. Wilson does not handle transitions with any grace, and tangential information is thrown in willy-nilly in a way that rather jarringly interrupts the narrative. (I occasionally found myself backtracking to b [...]
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Eva Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
I got the ARC via Penguin's First to Read program. The subject of this book is fascinating, the structure of the book could have been improved. At points there was so much trivial information being thrown at the reader, some of it as an aside, that what place and time being discussed was hard to figure out. The book doesn't uncover all the mysteries Queen Victoria left behind, at certain points she is still a puzzle, and because her children did their best to censor and hide the more salacious p [...]
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SuperWendy Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
Dense and, to be honest, rather dull. Focuses rather heavily on the politics of the era and the author comes off as dismissive of Victoria more often than not. I listened to this on audio and it was easy to lose track of Victoria's eleventy-billion relations - although it was interesting in hindsight to see how the various family squabbles and resistance to reform (in some quarters) led us down the nightmare path that became World War I (and later World War II).A decent research book, and author [...]
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Andrew Niederhauser Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
Less a biography of Victoria than a biography of the Victorian Age, the authors tendency to analyze Victoria's personality is often tedious and repetitious. I believe this was intended either for scholars well versed in the specifics of Victoria and her age, or perhaps an English/British audience already conversant with the details of the era. Overall a pleasing work, but one that leaves much to be desired regarding Victoria's family life, children, and the specific role of Albert and her "favor [...]
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Nancy Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
A Comprehensive View of Queen Victoria's LifeQueen Victoria was a complex woman. One of the strengths of Wilson's biography is that through the use of her letters and journals he is able to show us the internal life of the Queen. Victoria was married, presumably happily, to Prince Albert. They produced nine children, and his death left her prostrate. Albert was a strict Victorian husband treating Victoria often as a child and using severe methods to raise the children. Although Victoria loved Al [...]
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Carol Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
This seems to be a well-researched book giving a three-dimensional portrayal of Queen Victoria as a complex person with both good and bad qualities, and it recounts the important facts of her life and her family, including the often brilliant Prince Albert. The author has an obvious fascination with his subject that makes this book eminently readable. I had not read much about Queen Victoria before, so I don't have much to compare it to.Some of the details were hard to grasp for a U.S. reader wi [...]
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Mary Ann Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
"What fools we mortals be!" The "great" Victorian age - hanging by a broken branch or a young green leaf throughout Victoria's reignOh so British! Oh so mundane! Those are my words, not those of the biographer, who was really very tolerant of the Queen for most of the book. The strongest impression I had at the end was the astonishingly high level of incompetence shared by many of the queen's acquaintances, advisors, children and government officials. Not Prince Albert, not Brown, not her secret [...]
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Phyllis Duncan Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
This is one of the best biographies of any person I've ever read, and I've read a great many. The author weaves in a clear history--social, economic, and political--of the periods of Victoria's life. It is difficult to keep track of her children, their spouses, her grandchildren, etc because of the propensity to repeat names over generations. I disagree with the author's conclusion that she was mentally ill in the 1860s and 70s--I think that's a male reaction to what was surely the time of her m [...]
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Sara Lilkas Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
I thought the book was really interesting, however I was still rather disappointed. It was heavily researched and the author was clearly interested in the topic, but it read more as a history text that then told you what Victoria was doing while all this other stuff happened. At times it was disjointed and jumped around a lot, so if you were not already familiar with the history of the period it could be difficult to follow. There were however some insights into who the Queen was and some insigh [...]
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Didi Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
Very boring, strangely uninformative book.The author seems to assume a lot of knowledge on the part of the reader, so he doesn't explain basic things. For example, he notes that she had a strange education and was poorly prepared to be queen, but doesn't describe what her education involved. He says her and Albert's project was to revive and strengthen the monarchy, but he doesn't explain the role of the monarchy in England in that period.I gave up after about 150 pages.
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Rebekah Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
It was a little hard to follow at times, seemed like it jumped about some. Otherwise very informative, very interesting Victoria strikes me as having been a foolish, stubborn and unwise ruler and her much maligned husband is the one who enacted all the good and wonderful things that are so attributed to the wonderful "Victorian" age of art and enlightenment. I think, by the end of the book I wasn't sure if I should pity or just greatly dislike her.
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Rachel Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
Near the end of this, I was just excited for the digital library loan to expire so I could quit listening to it. Despite copious details, I still had to use to clarify what was going on. Also, the author didn't seem to like Victoria very much, which made the whole book dull. I think I just like watching "The Young Victoria" better.
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Peter Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
If anyone could successfully take up the task of making Victoria's story new, surprising, and fresh, it's Wilson. In this he succeeds on all levels by focusing on Victoria's greatest and most lasting relationship: that with her pen and paper. A truly moving portrait.
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Ene Sepp Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
Kindlasti üks tõeliselt põhjalik raamat, mille käigus saab ammendava ülevaate kuninganna Victoria eluajal toimunud poliitikast, tema pärandist ja kõigest muust, mis nende rohkem kui 60 valitsemisaasta jooksul Briti Impeeriumi jaoks oluline oli.Kuninganna Victoriast endast jäi aga, vabandust väljendi eest, ühe vastiku naisterahva mulje. Impulsiivne ja kontrollimaut, kes tegeles väga palju mitte millegi tegemisega. Ja muidugi tema suhtumine lastesse ja nendel vahet tegemine. Muidugi ei [...]
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Jordan McKay Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
This biography is actually pretty astounding in its scope. Not only do you get a great sense of Queen Victoria's personality, but you also get a general political history of 19th century Britain. As the book details her innumerable family members, British politicians, continental rulers etc etc - from what seemingly is just a biography of one woman, emerges a book covering most major events in European and British history from the Parliamentary Reform Act of the early 30s to the Boer War in the [...]
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Jenna Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
This took me forever to read but not because I didn’t love it! This was so well written and reminded me how much I love historical biographies especially ones about English monarchs. Victoria was a rather interesting woman and I’m glad to have learned a lot more about her I didn’t know previously.
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John FitzGerald Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
Throughout this book Wilson seems to ignore the evidence he presents when drawing conclusions about Victoria. He starts off by claiming that her childhood under the Kensington System was not difficult, then recounts plenty of evidence to show that it was, including John Conroy threatening violence when she was on what seemed to be her deathbed. In the last chapter he describes her supposedly joyful childhood as imprisonment. He goes on to describe her as repeatedly under the thrall of men she id [...]
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Eileen Sateriale Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
Disclaimer: I received this book for free in a Giveaway. This is a first read copy. Victoria A Life is a biography of the longest reigning nineteenth century monarch. The biography discusses her childhood, her marriage to Prince Albert, ascending to the throne as a teenager and her relationships with her nine children most of whom married into royal families throughout Europe. It also discusses nineteenth century political events as well as her relationships with various prime ministers and for [...]
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Mshelton50 Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
I like A.N. Wilson's writing very much, but this biography of Queen Victoria is very uneven. For one thing, the book needed a good editor. I'm not a historian, but even I caught some of the "howlers." For example, (1) on p. 202 he confuses Princess William of Prussia with her sister-in-law, Queen Elisabeth of Prussia (although he gets it right by p. 215); (2) on p. 241, he moves the Franco-Austrian War of 1859 up a full nine years to 1850; and (3) on pp. 516-17, he correctly identifies Princess [...]
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Hans Ostrom Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
A solid, relatively new biography, backed by very good research and an understanding of the labyrinthine networks of European monarchies and oligarchies of the time. The one glaring omission is a discussion of what King Leopold of Belgium (Victoria's uncle) was doing in the Congo at the time: namely, directing one of the most depraved, inhuman, murderous, and rapacious colonialist projects on record. Leopold was responsible for 8-10 million deaths in the Congo--genocide of holocaust proportions. [...]
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Steve Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
Wilson's biography is comprehensive and well-researched. He acknowledges the limitations of writing a biography of Victoria since her children Edward VII and Princess Beatrice destroyed much of their mother's original correspondence and journals. In this book Wilson is, as always, a most entertaining writer. I find myself laughing out loud at his dry sense of humor, which is not simply arid, but Saharan. My only complaint came in difficult following descriptions of some of the battles Wilson des [...]
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Sally Irvine Jan 17, 2019 - 19:56 PM
Massive overview of 19th century Europe but particularly England. Wilson as adroit with huge data and cast as ever, illuminated by highly unhistorical sideswipes, particularly at Victoria. She is not a loveable character, and becomes increasingly less so as her long and rather tedious life progresses! But the context, the political review and the sheet expertise of Wilson in marshalling huge silos of facts and families gives it a great energy. But she was not a great queen, just one who lived a [...]
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Victoria: A Life By A.N. Wilson When Queen Victoria died in 1901, she had ruled for nearly sixty four years She was a mother of nine and grandmother of forty two and the matriarch of royal Europe through her children s marriages To many, Queen Victoria is a ruler shrouded in myth and mystique, an aging, stiff widow paraded as the figurehead to an all male imperial enterprise But in truth, Britain s loWhen Queen Victoria died in 1901, she had ruled for nearly sixty four years She was a mother of nine and grandmother of forty two and the matriarch of royal Europe through her children s marriages To many, Queen Victoria is a ruler shrouded in myth and mystique, an aging, stiff widow paraded as the figurehead to an all male imperial enterprise But in truth, Britain s longest reigning monarch was one of the most passionate, expressive, humorous and unconventional women who ever lived, and the story of her life continues to fascinate.A N Wilson s exhaustively researched and definitive biography includes a wealth of new material from previously unseen sources to show us Queen Victoria as she s never been seen before Wilson explores the curious set of circumstances that led to Victoria s coronation, her strange and isolated childhood, her passionate marriage to Prince Albert and his pivotal influence even after death and her widowhood and subsequent intimate friendship with her Highland servant John Brown, all set against the backdrop of this momentous epoch in Britain s history and the world s.Born at the very moment of the expansion of British political and commercial power across the globe, Victoria went on to chart a unique course for her country even as she became the matriarch of nearly every great dynasty of Europe Her destiny was thus interwoven with those of millions of people not just in Europe but in the ever expanding empire that Britain was becoming throughout the nineteenth century The famed queen had a face that adorned postage stamps, banners, statues and busts all over the known world.Wilson s Victoria is a towering achievement, a masterpiece of biography by a writer at the height of his powers.

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