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The Young Victoria

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Born in 1819, Victoria was the daughter of Edward, Duke of Kent. Left fatherless at the age of eight months, her early years were difficult, brought up by her German mother in an atmosphere of family feuds and jealousy. Succeeding to the throne at 18, however, she began a triumphant reign.
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published November 25th 2000 by Sutton Publishing (first published January 1st 1981)
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I have to admit that I read this after seeing the movie "The Young Victoria," and enjoying it quite a bit. And also (a little) wondering how much of it was really true. This seems to be the book most of the movie is based on, and the answer is: More than you'd think. It seems many of major speeches in the movie can be drawn, almost verbatim, from letters of the period. As you'd expect much was glossed over, simplified, and made rosier, but the story seems to be very much the same.

A fun and informative read and a great supplement to the movie "The Young Victoria". However, the book could be a lot longer, more detailed, and have footnotes or endnotes. The latter in particular bothers me: how am I to know where the author gets particular bits of information? Yes she includes a bibliography, but that's hardly the same thing.
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Love the little getting to know you pages on the characters. I really enjoyed this. The Whammy the cat is also adorable. Great for kids. The only negative thing I can say about this is that it was WAY TOO SHORT!!!! Otherwise, Awesome and juicy.
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The narrative was amazing, with A. Plowden's words and the primary sources like letters, notes and Victoria's diaries I almost felt like I had been there, like I had seen it. And then there's Victoria, not the queen, but the young girl that grows up with a normality that I could almost identify myself with, and with trials that made me cheer for her to overcome them. Another sweet surprise was how much of the movie was real! Which is something I, unfortunately,
I wish there were more history books that focused on a tiny topic and were only 150 pages long--this made a nice, quick read. The book was originally published in the early 1980s (so the "latest research" it's based on probably isn't) and the translation into ebook form is pretty shoddy with lots of stupid OCR errors. I enjoyed the recent movie that closely follows this book because it has a lot of good visual detail, but at least the book skips the silly fictionalized assassination attempt.
Pretty good, for a quickie read.
So I stopped for some time and finally picked the book back up and finished it. Some slow parts, but I did enjoy it overall. It does give you an idea of what the Young Victoria's life must have been like.
Danielle Reily
I really enjoyed this book. I had never been as interested in Queen Victoria as I have been in earlier European monarchs, this book has made me want to read more books about her and her life.
A fascinating look at Victoria's early years, which gives good context for some of the key developments in British history.
Remarkably similar to the film and engrossing reading in its own right.
Heather Domin
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