The Last Days of Glory: The Death of Queen Victoria
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The Last Days of Glory: The Death of Queen Victoria

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Queen Victoria's death in January 1901 shook Britain to its core, and reverberated not just throughout the Commonwealth, but around the world. She was a woman in her eighties, and yet it seems no one could contemplate the end of a reign that had lasted so long. Most could not remember a time when she was not Queen, and the very stability of everyday life seemed to depend o...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 25th 2001 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1902)
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I like a book that is focused and keeps its tone throughout. With content like this I'm sure it took discipline to weed out the many stories of people and events that brought the world to this date. For instance, just enough is devoted to the Kaiser and John Brown is appropriately dealt with in the appendix. The tone stays the same through the final days, to the funeral preparations and then the funeral ritual itself.

It had been so long since a monarch's death, that no one could remember the pro...more
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This was an interesting, but not riveting, read. I found it to be a blow-by-blow account of facts about the decline, death, and funeral of Queen Victoria, and there were parts to it which were compelling, especially when the author tried to impart on the readers the enormity of Victoria's death and the passing of the Victorian age. However, the author didn't go into the WHYs of it enough--as a semi-expert in this field, I know and am aware of what a momentous and yes, even sad, moment in history...more
Since 1/22 is the anniversary of Queen Victoria's death, I thought I would add this book to my pile.
I like this story a lot and the writer got amazing ideas
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