Queen Victoria

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1st World Library, Dec 20, 2006 - 280 pages
27 Reviews
On November 6, 1817, died the Princess Charlotte, only child of the Prince Regent, and heir to the crown of England. Her short life had hardly been a happy one. By nature impulsive, capricious, and vehement, she had always longed for liberty; and she had never possessed it. She had been brought up among violent family quarrels, had been early separated from her disreputable and eccentric mother, and handed over to the care of her disreputable and selfish father. When she was seventeen, he decided to marry her off to the Prince of Orange; she, at first, acquiesced; but, suddenly falling in love with Prince Augustus of Prussia, she determined to break off the engagement. This was not her first love affair, for she had previously carried on a clandestine correspondence with a Captain Hess. Prince Augustus was already married, morgana-tically, but she did not know it, and he did not tell her. While she was spinning out the negotiations with the Prince of Orange, the allied sovereign-it was June, 1814-arrived in London to celebrate their victory. Among them, in the suite of the Emperor of Russia, was the young and handsome Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg. He made several attempts to attract the notice of the Princess, but she, with her heart elsewhere, paid very little attention.

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User Review  - Nooilforpacifists - Goodreads

Remarkably un-snarky (given the author), except about Germans; incredibly moving (in part); hugely informative (throughout). I'm sure there are modern, more comprehensive bios, but this short work is a great starting point. Read full review

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User Review  - Mallika - Goodreads

This was a very enjoyable, interesting, and informative read. I'd expected Strachey's tone to be, well, "caustic" but it wasn't that at all. Read full review

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Lytton Strachey (1880-1932), among the most famous writers of his time, was

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