Victoria: Portrait of a Queen
The woman who ruled a nation and framed an Era. Alexandrina Victoria was conceived in a race between two disreputable, aging princes to beget an heir to the throne of England. She was only eighteen when she inherited the crown, twenty when she married her German cousin, Prince Albert, and eighty-one when she died in 1901. Her reign lasted sixty-three years and seven months-longer than any other British monarch. Strachey describes, with his characteristic flair, the politicians and courtiers who swarmed around this queen, exerting influence and shaping history. These included Melbourne, Palmerston, Gladstone, and Disraeli. Center stage, however, is the queen herself-stubborn, energetic, unthinkingly fierce in her loyalties, and with a determination to do good that was constantly at war with her pride of place. Queen Victoria, the Widow of Windsor, Empress of India. Meet the woman whose name became synonymous with an Age. Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Britain's Oldest Literary Award
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I have enjoyed reading this book; I would pay it just to finish. It shows the heart of a Queen who was destined to rule. Any one would say, "Fate was on her side", but I say,"God was on here side," and that he instill wisdom in her. Wisdom that grew into maturiy when Victoria experience all the things that would make a Sovereign. Lytton Stachey make reading worthy while. His picturest word is a true sign of a storyteller. He put you right in the rooms of the palaces and inside the head of his characters. He allows you to be obeservant while each character is formed and come into its being. He show you the nature of royalty and how it is develop in the character. He takes you back to the historical pass and walked you through the events and happenings of that era. I want to read more and learn about the English Royalty. He show how England was destined to rule the world. And the detailed history of Queen Victoria's life and the men who play their part in shaping her Kingdom.