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Farewell in Splendor: The Passing of Queen Victoria and Her Age

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An analysis of the British Empire during the time that immediately followed the death of its longest reigning monarch offers insight into a nation on the brink of change and the political and international climate that surrounded it. 25,000 first printing. $15,000 ad/promo. Tour.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 1st 1996 by Plume (first published January 1st 1995)
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Jill Marie Merillo
I am not a huge fan of non-fiction generally, but I found Farewell in Splendor to be written in a such a way that one forgets it's not pure fantasy. The book looks at the last days of Queen Victoria and the dramas surrounding her and her family. It was interesting to discover not only the other-worldly way in which this legendary figure lived, but also the sorrow that surrounded such a great family. Jerrold M. Packard masterfully weaves in and out of accountable circumstances and light inference ...more
Non-fiction book about the last few days of Queen Victoria's life (1901) and the details of her elaborate funeral. The sun never set on the Empire of Queen Victoria and she is one of the most interesting historical figures to read about...having outlived all 9 of her bridesmaids, 32 years seperated her 1st grandchild from her last of which there were 40 total; and an incredible 115 years from the 1st one of them to die until the last. Her death was the 1st time the United States (ordered by Pres ...more
Enjoyed the description of final days of QV, also learning some family tidbits. Though the book was sometimes a little too "prosy", I found it easier to follow than the average reader would due to a previous knowledge of QV's family.
Lisa of Hopewell
Getting really sick of his smart-ass clever schoolboy tone. A few silly mistakes--"Prince Eddy" was Prince Albert VICTOR. His father was Albert Edward. And, to my knowledge (which appears to be far greater on this subject than that of the author! How's that for pompous certainty??) Prince Leopold was never, ever called "Prince Leo!"
Very detailed look at what may have been the only gathering of all European royalty. Victoria's presence was felt after her death in the many detailed instructions she wanted carried out after her death. Whether you admire her or not, this was truly the end of an era.
Sue Jonson
If you can believe it, this is an entire book about the death and funeral of Queen Victoria. All the fanciness and protocol perfectly depict the Victorian age. Very interesting.
I really like this book. I especially enjoyed the description of Victoria's autopsy (Cause I'm weird like that!!) But it was a really good book for Royal history lovers!
Ann Beall
Fascinating approach to covering the events in the British Empire at the end of Victoria's reign.
Rick Schoen
Absolutely love this book. Have read it three times already and am sure to read it again.
Michele Kallio
An excellent insight into the last days of Queen Victoria and her age.
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