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

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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 becaus...more
Paperback, 564 pages
Published May 24th 2005 by Three Rivers Press (first published 1985)
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Annika Hipple
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
Camilla
Mar 31, 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
Marissa
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...more
Alexandra
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...more
Sera
Oct 09, 2010 Sera rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Mullgirl
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...more
Donna BookWorm
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
Amy
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
Robin
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...more
Mirah W
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
Amanda
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...more
Taylor
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...more
KOMET
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...more
Dagmar1927
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...more
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Janet Woolman
Very good. I kept stopping to research points that grabbed my interest. The book seems to accurately follow timelines and events in history. The perspective could be how Queen Victoria could have interpreted her world. And quotes from correspondence and primary documents add credibility. A great read.
Mimi
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...more
Lady Heinz
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...more
Olivia
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
Carolyn
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...more
Marianna Bowers
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
Pam
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
Claire
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
Missie
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
tynia
So. Boring. Reads exactly like a boring girl's diary: "today this happened. and then some other thing. and then so-and-so said this to me. and then something else happened." I fully believe Victoria lived a rich and interesting life, but this book did not capture it.

Every other sentence starts with "Dear Albert" and ends with how right he was and what a silly girl Victoria is and how she resolves to listen to him next time.

Barely finished this book. Limped over the finish line.
Heather Domin
I waffled between two and three stars, but in the end I have to be honest and go with two. It's not the quality of the writing; that was fine. It was the characterization of Victoria. I found her such a dingbat and Albert such a creeper that I couldn't enjoy the story because of my desire to reach through the pages and throttle them. I had to watch The Young Victoria afterward to get the taste out of my mouth. I do love Jean Plaidy, but I guess I can't love every book she ever did.
Shelly Benson
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Queen Victoria. I don't know a lot about her. I frequently cringed to think that Albert and Victoria were even a little jealous of their own children. Victoria of Vicky because of Albert's love for her and Albert of Bertie because of Bertie's precedence over Albert. This novel spans Victoria's lifetime and out of necessity skims over a lot of information. Jean Plaidy never let's me down...
Danielle
An absolutely lovely novel.

Plaidy captures Victoria elegantly, expressing her life from being the daughter of the Duke of Kent to being heir presumptive and Queen. We follow Victoria through her 'storms' and see her change from a rather moody lady to a more reserved and even-tempered Queen through her 'saintly' husband, Albert.

I loved this novel, I felt as though it was Victoria and her thoughts. Brilliant to read.
Kirei
This is fiction based on the life of Queen Victoria, written as if she were telling the story herself. One problem is that it is hard to know what is historically accurate and what was made up by Ms. Plaidy.

The beginning is interesting. But then I got REALLY tired of the mundane day-to-day life of Queen Victoria. It is just not very intesting, so I gave up. On to better books (hopefully.)

Robin
This was a fairly decent book. I am not very interested in Queen Victoria but it was a good read and it was interesting to learn some more about her life. It is a long book, so if you don't like long ones this probably isn't for you. It covers from her childhood, through her ascension to the throne, her marriage, all the way up to right before her death.
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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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