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Queen Victoria

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781474608763

Price: £14.99

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Drawing upon Queen Victoria’s previously unpublished journals, Elizabeth Longford’s classic biography recalls the contrasts and curiosities of an earlier era with exquisite detail – and transforms the queen from a severe, time-worn effigy into a human being who loved, feared and fumed.

Longford probes the contradictions of a woman who wore a bonnet instead of a crown at her Golden Jubilee and yet was recognised always as both dignified and formidable. She chronicles both the Queen’s public life and her emotional travails, including surprisingly stormy passages in her and Prince Albert’s otherwise loving marriage. A refreshingly human image of the Queen emerges: voluble, passionate, politic and articulate, with an irresistible mixture of grandeur and simplicity.

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It is hard to imagine how Lady Longford's detailed and vivid volume could have been bettered . . . scholarly yet racily readable, witty yet wise
Sunday Times
Gives us more than the general reader has ever had, revealing the Queen as a character at once simple & complex, humble & authoritarian
Daily Telegraph
So sanely and attractively written with each episode blending so easily into the next that the reader is soon carried along in fascination
Financial Times
[Queen Victoria] has in Lady L. her fullest and best-informed, most sensible and sympathetic biographer
The Times
A full, authoritative study
Jane Ridley, The Spectator
Dazzlingly readable, and very enjoyable
Stella Gibbons
Very few biographies which have reached the public in recent years can have as good a claim to be called "definitive" as has Elizabeth Longford's life of Queen Victoria
New York Books
Longford has brought Queen Victoria to life again, and presents to a new generation of readers one of the most truly remarkable personalities of history with scrupulous care, fidelity and wit
The Spectator
One of the best I have ever read
Noel Coward