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My Name Is Victoria Hardcover – May 8, 2018
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Gr 8 Up—An interesting twist on the early life of Queen Victoria. Miss V. Conroy joins the household of the Duchess of Kent and the Princess Victoria at Kensington Palace. Miss V is to be Victoria's companion, but also secretly spy for Sir John Conroy, the comptroller of the household and Victoria's nemesis. Miss V learns about the Kensington System, a set of rules created by Sir John to keep Victoria safe, which the princess finds oppressive. Torn between loyalty to her father and her deep bond with Victoria; Miss V learns, over time, to balance the needs of the System with that of her friend. However, Prince Albert's arrival to Kensington Palace forces Miss V to take control of her life. The fascinating turn of events creates an engaging alternate history for fans of historical fiction and Queen Victoria. Worsley's expertise in the subject creates an intimate story accurate enough to feel plausible. However, readers unfamiliar with the British royal family may find the story overwhelming in detail, especially as Part One tends to drag. However, those intrigued by Queen Victoria or historical fiction will find this volume moving. Give to teens who are ready to graduate from the "Royal Diary" series. VERDICT A rich and moving historical fiction about one of England's best-known monarchs; recommended for fans of Carolyn Meyer and Michaela MacColl.—Kaetlyn Phillips, Yorkton, Sask.
Contemporary customs and royal politics round out the narrative to provide an intriguing glimpse into the girlhood of one of the most powerful women in European history as imagined by one of Britain's most popular historians. A brilliant blend of historical fact and artistic license.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Worsley’s expertise in the subject creates an intimate story accurate enough to feel plausible...those intrigued by Queen Victoria or historical fiction will find this volume moving. Give to teens who are ready to graduate from the “Royal Diary” series. A rich and moving historical fiction about one of England’s best-known monarchs; recommended for fans of Carolyn Meyer and Michaela MacColl.
—School Library Journal
This suspenseful, entertaining tale presents a view of the young Queen Victoria as seen through the eyes of Victoria Conroy...Miss V’s seven-year tenure with Victoria is marked by suspicions, tensions, revelations, and unexpected alliances; the girls’ physical similarity to each other develops alongside their friendship, making for a deliciously surprising and satisfying ending.
Worsley (Maid of the King’s Court, 2017), the chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces, digs into the details of the time period with aplomb, offering up a slice-of-life examination of pre-Victorian England...for history buffs, the period details will fascinate.
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Princess Victoria lives in Kensington Palace, with her mother, a widow, and her governess and teacher, Baroness Lehzen. Sir John Conroy is comptroller of this household and, with the Duchess of Kent, they devised something called the “Kensington System”. This ensured that the young princess was kept isolated and obedient, under the strict control of the adults around her.
Miss V. is brought into the household at the age of 10 to be a companion for the princess, but her reception is not particularly enthusiastic. Princess Victoria is very unhappy with her restricted life and is highly distrustful of young companion.
Lucy Worsley has used real historical characters and settings in this novel, but she has used her imagination to develop the relationships between them. I loved the “what if” plot development, which took me by surprise.
This was a very enjoyable read for me. The settings were described in a way which made them visible in my mind and the characters were well developed and interesting. I am a fan of Lucy Worsley’s history programmes and I have to say, I’m a fan of her novel, “My Name is Victoria”!
First things first, I loved this book. Okay, I loved 90% of this book. It was a thoroughly enjoyable novel, a fascinating insight into the early years of Princess Victoria and an exceptionally well-researched novel. If anyone has read the Lady Grace Mysteries set in the first Elizabethan England I would recommend this story to them.
The first half of the story follows the exploits of the young Princess and her friend Miss V. at the age of about 11. This part of the story is long and detailed, but that's no bad thing because the second half of the novel is somewhat faster paced and follows the two girls between the ages of about 16 and 18.
The author manages to portray the enemy of the story, Miss V's father, Sir John Conroy, in both a sympathetic and a cruel way, highlighting his meanness and ambitions for his future, while also showing him as an almost loving father to his daughter, Miss V. It is only near the end of the novel that his ambitious nature makes it almost impossible to like the man anymore.
Princess Victoria's mother is a shadowy character who is hardly ever seen, and it's the nurse and the governess who populate the majority of the story, along with their dog, Dash, and poor old Princess Sophia, at least until near the end of the story when a few German princes make an appearance. And it was from here on that I disliked the story. I genuinely can appreciate the author's intentions in making some changes to the accepted story, but the more I think about them, the more I think that it's just a reach too far to expect the reader to accept the changes. Almost like Alison Weir with her fictional books on Elizabeth I, I found the changes to undermine my own, previous, appreciation of the 'historical personage' and it went too much against what I was expecting to be easy to accept and quite frankly, it annoyed me a little.
Still, if I can forget that, I must applaud the author for this attempt to portray the early years of Princess Victoria. This is a fascinating and enjoyable account and I would recommend it.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.