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Victoria Victorious: The Story of Queen Victoria (Queens of England #3)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  1,155 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
In this unforgettable novel of Queen Victoria, Jean Plaidy re-creates a remarkable life filled with romance, triumph, and tragedy.
At birth, Princess Victoria was fourth in line for the throne of England, the often-overlooked daughter of a prince who died shortly after her birth. She and her mother lived in genteel poverty for most of her childhood, exiled from court becau
Paperback, 564 pages
Published May 24th 2005 by Three Rivers Press (first published 1985)
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Annika Hipple
Sep 04, 2012 Annika Hipple rated it it was ok
I quite enjoyed the first part of this book, detailing Victoria's childhood and ascension to the throne. But after she married Prince Albert I found myself increasingly frustrated. The marriage of Victoria and Albert is one of history's most famous love stories, but it irked me the way Victoria (the book is written in the first person as a journal) idealized Albert, always believing him to be right and herself to be wrong. I cringed every time she called him "perfect" or "a saint." This may well ...more
Sep 30, 2009 Alexandra rated it it was ok
So far I feel like there are two different Victorias: one pre-wedding and another post-wedding. I enjoyed the pre-wedding Victoria very much, she was smart and witty. The post-wedding one is boring and almost weak, always belittling herself in favour of her husband.
Her reaction to her pregnancies make me cringe everytime! Surely she knew how pregnancies came about!
As for the book itself, I'm finding it a bit difficult and maybe even desorganized. There's little indication of the year the chapter
Nov 05, 2010 KOMET rated it it was amazing
It is very rare to find a writer who can fully engage the reader so that he/she feels that they are witness to a series of events as they are unfolding. Here Jean Plaidy tells a story of Queen Victoria's life in Victoria's own voice. Plaidy does it with such unerring skill that one can't help but wonder if Victoria herself had dictated this book to Plaidy.

Here we are given access to the full sweep of Victoria's life, from her birth in 1819 (grand-daughter to George III), her unhappy childhood w
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May 10, 2011 #artdamnit Reads rated it did not like it
Ok…i have to admit…i tried finishing Victoria Victorious by Jean Pliady

But I just couldn’t do it. It was soooo BORING!!! Victoria herself was just annoying, Albert was so perfect and always right and blah blah blah

in all honesty I felt like i was reading Twilight! Albert this, Albert that, oh Albert you’re sooo good, oh Albert you’re soooo handsome.

It was awful.

Happy Readings!

<3 The Book Worm
Sep 18, 2010 Sera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction and Plaidy Fans
Recommended to Sera by: European Royalty Book Club
Overall, a very comprehensive, informative read about Queen Victoria from her birth to her death. As usual, Plaidy provides an accurate account of the Queen and her relationships with those around her.

In my opinion, Victoria's lack of a father figure while growing up, which, in turn, leads her to seek the fulfillment of her emotional needs from the men that she meets in her life, and in particular, her husband, Albert. Albert is very different from Victoria. Although very handsome, Albert is a
Sep 02, 2011 Marissa rated it really liked it
Plaidy's novels are never earth-shattering for me but they are great comfort-reads. I especially like to listen to the audiobook while I take walks or drive to and from work. Like her other novels in the Queens of England series, this one is a biographical novel that follows Queen Victoria from her birth to her death. It is long and drawn-out, and it contains natural lulls much like human lives do- but I've learned that this is par for the course when it comes to Plaidy.

I really enjoyed reading
Feb 23, 2011 Camilla is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This book suffers from being TOO accurate, if that makes sense. Plaidy really and truly captures Victoria's voice as she tells of her life, but that doesn't mean her voice is something I want to hear. She constantly describes things as "dear" or with other such epithets. Every time she expresses herself or recalls a scene it is overflowing with emotion. Her first Prime Minister Lord Melbourne seems to CONSTANTLY have tears in his eyes because his emotions for her are SO overpowering, and she is ...more
Melissa McCauley
Jan 23, 2017 Melissa McCauley rated it it was ok
This novelization of the life of England’s Queen Victoria should have stopped after her marriage to Albert. The first person narration started with her as a young girl of eleven (I think), and her silly, girly voice changed as she aged… but not enough. She sounded the same at 20 as she did at 60, and that was downright annoying. And bone-numbingly boring.
Mar 17, 2017 Janis rated it liked it
Written in first person. Too wordy. Fascinating story but too many 'it was so moving' and 'he was devoted to me' phrases. I kept thinking 'get on with it'. Not the least bit sorry I took the time to read it though.
Melanie Wagner Banfield
Interesting stories about her life and reign as queen. Dense with facts at time but descriptive of her character and court.
Mar 18, 2014 Mullgirl rated it it was ok
Nope. Un-unh. Sigh. This was another book that I started completely willing to love it, and it disappointed greatly. I think I really wanted to like it because Jean Plaidy is such a prolific author and I like most of the subject matter she treats (various historical British royalty). But I was so put out that I’m not sure I can give her another go.

Victoria Victorious is a novel covering the life of Queen Victoria. Now, admittedly, Plaidy uses one of my least favorite story-telling devices–the jo
Mar 24, 2011 Taylor rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
Victoria Victorious by Jean Plaidy is the eleventh novel in Plaidy’s Queens of England series. It’s told in Victoria’s point of view, which makes it sort of her memoir. I did enjoy this book to a point. However, I found it a bit dry in some parts. Mainly, I found the political aspect of this book to be boring.

What I really enjoyed most about the book was getting to know young Victoria as the Princess living under her mother’s rule in the Kensington Palace. Victoria was so quick witted as a chil
Jan 13, 2010 Amy rated it it was ok
After seeing the new movie Young Victoria I wanted a historical novel that would give me more information on the life of Queen Victoria. This book was a sore disappointment. It had no building story lines or climaxes. Instead it read like an expanded time line... da duh da duh da duh da duh. da duh da duh da duh da duh. Additionally instead of a novel about this great love between Albert and Victoria and how they ruled together (the current academic belief)the book focused on how Victoria ideali ...more
Mirah W
Jul 22, 2011 Mirah W rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! I didn't know a lot about Queen Victoria so I was really looking forward to this book and I was not disappointed. The novel spans Victoria's lifetime and is written like a memoir. At times it could get a little confusing because of the sheer number of royal relatives and their side stories, but overall it was excellent. I was engaged the entire time and really felt the author did extensive research...the book felt very authentic and true to Victoria. I am amazed at all she dealt ...more
As ever, Plaidy's work is extremely accurate and while I don't normally require such accuracy to enjoy historical fiction, it is what makes this novel shine.

It really explores her childhood and teen years in great detail to give you an solid understanding of who she was and why. It doesn't delve too deeply into her governing and focuses more on her relationships with the important figures in her life, from childhood to death.

Despite being written in first person from Victoria's point of view, h
Aug 16, 2008 Amanda rated it did not like it
I was originally really excited to read this book. I found it while looking for more novels about Tudor England and thought that it would be good to brand out to another monarchy. I guess I was wrong to start here.

Queen Victoria's story could be a good one. She was a much beloved queen. However, Jean Plaidy's book focuses on almost none of the reasons why she was adored by her people. All I got out of this book was that she was whiny and obsessed with her dead husband, her prime ministers, and h
Mar 03, 2011 Dagmar1927 rated it really liked it
I found this book surprisingly interesting and fun to read. I'd never read anything by Jean Plaidy before, but my Mum's cry of: "Jean Plaidy!!??" when the book arrived started me off on the wrong foot rather, but I was pleasantly surprised when I read it.

At first, I was slightly wary of the use of the first person, but as I read further, I thought that Plaidy had got Victoria just about spot on. I particularly liked her relations with her family, such as 'poor Bertie' and 'Uncle Pineapple'.

I di
Jul 29, 2010 gia rated it it was ok
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Nov 09, 2011 Mimi rated it liked it
Reading a Jean Plaidy is like eating comfort food - at the end you feel satisfied, comforted, and perhaps a bit overstuffed.

I find Victoria to be an interesting character, and all I knew as I went into is was that she gave her name to a straight-laced era, ruled for a long time, was the grandmother to saints, and was a prolific letter writer.

Plaidy portrays her as needing a strong protector - a role that is fulfilled by a succession of ministers and her husband, Alfred.
She is not portrayed as
Lady Heinz
Nov 18, 2012 Lady Heinz rated it it was ok
Finally finished. Did not think I would make it. Other than the 'have to see what happens next' motivation for continuing there is nothing really to have kept me going.
This is the first book fact or fiction that I have read about Q.V., but she cannot have been this simple or so easily lead by the men in her life. And, the writing...every time I read 'and there were tears in his eyes' I wince. This phase has been used over and over and over when describing a particular Prime Minister, and then af
Marianna Bowers
Jan 02, 2010 Marianna Bowers rated it it was amazing
Was surprised to read this in the first person. Felt as though looking through Victoria's eyes of her life as she viewed it. Although one-sided in the "her" story form, it shows a young girl coming of age and having to deal with being a woman in a MAN's world. The difficulty being a Queen and no role model to emulate this "job". Even the Queen has to deal with the independence of children and their decisions not always being what she wants. I even through a tantrum when things don't go my way!!! ...more
Dec 29, 2009 Olivia rated it really liked it
Overall this was an entertaining and informative read. Plaidy pulls off a good first person narrative. I have to admire her just for that! She focuses more on the personal rather than the political life of Queen Victoria. It was refreshing to read about an English monarch who didn't have a totally dysfunctional personal/family life (although I will admit that dysfunction can make for a good story). While I enjoyed learning about her as a person, I wouldn't of minded learning a little bit more ab ...more
Dec 20, 2012 Carolyn rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
So incredibly bad it doesn't even deserve one star.

My original review from 2007:

This book was so incredibly BAD. I almost can't put it into words. I had seen these on the shelves for years, there's one for almost every queen in English history. DON'T DO IT. What a waste of money and TIME, which there is always too little of. A complete travesty. No one reigns for 50 years of peace without having SOMETHING to do with it yet the book portrays Victoria as a simpering idiot, following the whims of
Dec 23, 2009 Claire rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-read
Fantastic! Five stars for sure! I wasn't sure how I would like this book since I've never read anything by this author before and it was jut one of those random picks at the library shelf. How nice to say that I absolutely loved this book! I didn't know much about Queen Victoria and while the book does mention events of the day, it doesn't dwell too much on the historical politics. Having the focus be the family and friend relations of the story made it so enjoyable and quite interesting indeed. ...more
Jun 18, 2013 Pam rated it liked it
it's an enjoyable way to get people to read biographies; transform them into fictional journals and you can read a massive fictional tome instead of a dry biography. it works. but at the same time, 'victoria's' writing style never matured from a young girl to an old monarch. plus i could have used a bit more tossing out of a dates to figure out what was going on in the rest of the world. but overall, it truly is a good way to feel like you've just read a nonfiction book without all the tedious r ...more
Dec 29, 2010 Missie rated it really liked it
I didn't know anything about Queen Victoria other than what I saw on the show "Doctor Who" - fictional shows should never be used to learn about people! While some of the book was unrealistic (the queen used the word "awesome" to describe something - that word definitely didn't exist in the 1800's), it was a nice look into a strong woman leader. She was ruled by the men around her, but she knew how to put her foot down when it mattered. Not the first book I've read by Jean Plaidy, and probably w ...more
Hayley Shaver
May 18, 2015 Hayley Shaver rated it liked it
I liked this book, but there were some issues I had with this telling of Queen Victoria's life. First, about the first half of the writing made Victoria look like a silly girl, fully ruled by her changing moods and very petty. I am sure she was much better rounded than that. Second, there was too many slow parts in the book, bogged down by minute retellings of much-forgotten family feuds and political episodes. If you like historical fiction, you will like this book, but it is not as interesting ...more
Sep 28, 2014 Meghann rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
This book is about Queen Victoria and her husband Alfred. It tells about her meeting and falling in love with her husband. The complications within the "perfect" marriage and how they raised their children. It tells the story of a much loved queen and her big family.
I will admit the book was long and drawn out but I expect it when I pick up a historical fiction about a real historical figure. I did enjoy reading about Queen Victoria because she is one of my favorite historical figures. I would r
Feb 02, 2015 AA rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical
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Sep 12, 2014 Evelyn rated it liked it
This book is written as if it were Queen Victoria's journal, so it purports to be in her voice. I found this very endearing at the beginning as the immaturity and naïveté of a young girl showed through. As time passed and Victoria aged, I assumed the voice would mature correspondingly. Not being familiar with Queen Victoria, I cannot know if this is a true representation, however, I felt the voice less mature than I would have expected throughout the story. That being said, I did enjoy this meth ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 12, 2015 12:12PM  
  • Plain Jane
  • Queens of England
  • Harlot Queen
  • Pale Rose of England: A Novel of the Tudors
  • Her Little Majesty: The Life of Queen Victoria
  • Brief Gaudy Hour: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
  • The Queen's Mistake (In the Court of Henry VIII, #2)
  • Young Bess (Elizabeth Trilogy, #1)
  • Rivals in the Tudor Court (Tudor Court #2)
  • The Queen of Last Hopes: The Story of Margaret of Anjou
  • To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn (Ladies in Waiting, #1)
  • Queen's Confession: A Fictional Autobiography
  • The Countess and the King: A Novel of the Countess of Dorchester and King James II
  • To the Tower Born: A Novel of the Lost Princes
  • By Royal Decree (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #3)
  • Queen Victoria
Eleanor Alice Burford, Mrs. George Percival Hibbert was a British author of about 200 historical novels, most of them under the pen name Jean Plaidy which had sold 14 million copies by the time of her death. She chose to use various names because of the differences in subject matter between her books; the best-known, apart from Plaidy, are Victoria Holt (56 million) and Philippa Carr (3 million). ...more
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Queens of England (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • Queen of This Realm (Queens of England, #2)
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  • The Courts of Love (Queens of England, #5)
  • In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, #6)
  • The Queen's Secret (Queens of England, #7)
  • The Reluctant Queen: The Story of Anne of York (Queens of England, #8)
  • The Merry Monarch's Wife (Queens of England, #9)
  • William's Wife (Queens of England, #10)
  • The Rose Without a Thorn (Queens of England, #11)

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