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The Queen and Lord M (Her The Queen Victoria series) Hardcover – March 29, 1973
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"Jean Plaidy doesn't just write the history, she makes it come alive" -- Julia Moffat * RNA * "These books are page-turners; they offer a wonderful way to learn about history, their heroines are smart, strong and in control of their destinies and their stories will remain with you for ever...They are a celebration of women's spirit throughout history." * Daily Express * "Full-blooded, dramatic, exciting" -- Observer "Superb storytelling and meticulous attention to authenticity of detail and depth of characterisation ... one of the country's most widely read novelists" * Sunday Times * "Plaidy excels at blending history with romance and drama" * New York Times * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Jean Plaidy, one of the pre-eminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also know as Victoria Holt. Jean Plaidy's novels had sold more than 14 million copies worldwide by the time of her death in 1993. For further information about our Jean Plaidy reissues and mailing list, please visit www.randomhouse.co.uk/minisites/jeanplaidy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
They meet and fall instantly in love, more so on her part than his. She is fiery, passionate and quick. He is solid, thoughtful and stern. They are complete opposites who worked very well together and produced the heyday of the Victorian Era, and nine children who would all go on to marry into various royal houses to populate Europe with their descendents.
But all is not always well in their world. There are still scandals. Victoria is still very stubborn and makes herself very hard to work with. There are wars, people disliking Albert for no other reason than that he is German. They have their fights at home and fights with their oldest child, Bertie, eventual Edward VII.
I really liked this book because I got a much better feel for Albert in this one than I did from Plaidy's book Victoria Victorious. I felt like he was more developed as character and as a man than in the other work (which is still a good book,)
Of course this one ends with his untimely demise, and you are just as saddened as she is because you do grow to love Albert in a very affectionate, if not always agreeable way.
Plaidy sets us up for the last book in this series, and indeed in the whole of her novels on the English monarchy.
Awakened that fateful morning to find that she is queen, she's rapidly introduced to the delicacies and intricacies of court life by her Prime Minister. A man who sees her as a doll to be dressed, a piece of clay to be moulded. This isn't as sinister as it sounds, but Melbourne felt that if he could make her into something great, she would be great. And in this, he was right.
Victoria had a passionate affair with him, but not in the regular sense. She wanted him there always to advise and gossip with her; Plaidy makes their relationship one that is very interesting t watch. He loves her, she loves him. It is platonic, but fulfilling.
But all isn't well. Melbourne is not perfect and he allows Victoria to wonder into traps when she didn't have to. The Flora Hasting's Affair damaged the queen's reputation needlessly. She wasn't always properly informed when she should have been. And he did use her for his own ends. She also is allowed to continue her stubborn ways which were detrimental to her.
Some parts of the book drag on because Plaidy does tend to repeat herself when she really doesn't need to. But it's a tolerably good book.