Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow

Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow Review

Who was Queen Victoria? A little old lady, potato-like in appearance, dressed in everlasting black? Or a passionate young princess, a romantic heroine with a love of dancing? There is also a third Victoria - a woman who was also a remarkably successful queen, one who invented a new role for the monarchy. She found a way of being a respected sovereign in an age when people were deeply uncomfortable with having a woman on the throne.

As well as a queen, Victoria was a daughter, a wife, a mother and a widow, and at each of these steps along life's journey she was expected to conform to what society demanded of a woman. On the face of it, she was deeply conservative. But if you look at her actions rather than her words, she was in fact tearing up the rule book for how to be female.

By looking at the detail of twenty-four days of her life, through diaries, letters and more, we can see Victoria up close and personal. Examining her face-to-face, as she lived hour to hour, allows us to see, and to celebrate, the contradictions at the heart of British history's most recognisable woman.

Title:Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow

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  • Olishka

    Worsley in her introduction: "On the face of it, she was deeply conservative. But if you look at her actions rather than her words, she was in fact tearing up the rule book for how to be female."Victo...

  • Katie Lumsden

    I really loved this one. Lucy Worsley just writes fantastic nonfiction....

  • Elizabeth

    Tl;dr: Queen Victoria: Twenty Four Days that Changed Her Life has an mouthful of a title but is an engaging piece of popular culture history.It focuses on 24 "days" or periods in Queen Victoria's life...

  • Nancy

    Recent books and films have overturned the popular image of Queen Victoria as a dour recluse widow of ponderous dimensions to include the lively, stubborn girl-queen who loved dancing and wine and the...

  • Laurel

    Just in time for the premiere of the third season of Victoria on Masterpiece Classic on PBS on 13 January 2019, this new biography of one of the United Kingdom's (and the world's) most famous queen ar...

  • Samantha

    This book follows 23 (not counting her parents wedding day??) days in Queen Victoria's life, and involved an amalgamation of information drawn from various primary and secondary sources. I read this r...

  • Alisha

    Lucy Worsley writes about history in a very accessible style, and her biography of Queen Victoria is an enjoyable read. She frames the biography in an interesting way: by selecting 24 meaningful days ...

  • J.A. Ironside

    I'm a huge fan of Lucy Worsley, who manages to make history accessible to everyone without ever dumbing it down, so this book was an automatic read for me. Queen Victoria and the era she ushered in, i...

  • Helen Carolan

    I love Ms Worsley's books, but I've never been a big fan of queen Victoria or prince Albert. However I might revise my idea of Victoria. Certainly her early years with her mother were difficult, but h...

  • Tia

    3.5 StarsThe last 25% of book are sources. Review to come....