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Queen Victoria: A Life (Tauris Parke Paperbacks) Paperback – June 19, 2012
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The book is engaging especially once Victoria moves beyond childhood and becomes Queen. The portrait of Edward and Victoria's relationship is vivid. The story provides a rich understanding of places in the lives of the royal family that continue today, namely Balmoral, and give a glimpse at the royal family culture that can be seen in current events. It is more than a book about Queen Victoria.
Many public domain books can be slow to read, with language that is sometimes archaic when compared to contemporary writing. This is not the case with Strachey's work. Not only does it thoroughly cover Victoria's life from childhood to death, but it is an engaging read that explores Victoria's relationships, both personal and professional. I particularly liked reading of the love between Victoria and her husband, Albert, much of which is detailed in Victoria's journals and letters. I also enjoyed Strachey's turn of phrase and his ability to create such effective word-pictures of this fascinating monarch and her life.
If you have any interest in history or curiosity about British monarchs I think you will enjoy this book. I certainly did - far more than I expected to.
The enigmatic Prince Albert, and his evolving relationship with Victoria, is presented well. Strachey makes some startling suggestions about what Britain might have turned into, had Albert lived longer (answer: Prussia).
This book is elegantly written, and free of the psychobabble one might expect from a more modern book.
The book is not boring. Although Victoria is always proper, there is plenty of adultery and dysfunctional family behavior among her many adult children.
I understand that in 'Eminent Victorians' and 'Queen Victoria' he was amongst the first to present to the world more realistic portraits of his subjects, characters who had been practically beatified during the Victorian era. Now his takes on Florence Nightingale and Queen Victoria have become, more or less, the common view of these two remarkable but also flawed women: Strachey himself is little known, but his legacy is with us still.
The pace of 'Queen Victoria' is lively, the turn of phrase typically evocatively brilliant, while the rendering of such intriguing men as Albert, Disraeli and particularly (if briefly) Gladstone is a delightful addition to the penetrating and compassionate picture Strachey paints of Victoria herself: simple, dignified, devoted, passionate and eternal.
A lovely book.
Also, don't miss Strachey's "Eminent Victorians." Another masterpiece.
I totally enjoyed reading the book and enjoyed the way the author wrote the book.
I must admit I wanted to read more about John Brown but he was only mentioned.
I recommend this book to anyone that wants to learn more about Victoria, the Royalty, England and its Government, and basic world history that England helped to change during the 1800s.
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Naturally a very biased rendition by a man especially chosen for a special task but interesting nevertheless.Published 2 months ago by V. E. M.
Stylish, dated, brief, conventional, a suitable introduction to the subject.Published 4 months ago by Rooney Chambers
This is the classic, if occasionally flawed, story of the Queen Empress and her times and a great starting point as Lytton Strachey is an excellent story teller.Published 5 months ago by K. Michael Waldock
As a history, this isn't what we look for now. More is known about Victoria, and better histories exist. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Elizabeth B.
with more emphasis on the serious political and constitutional questions of the time than some more modern books, and without silly attempts to titillate with hints of sexual and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Some interesting historical tidbits, but nothing too earth shattering.Published 8 months ago by B. Palmer