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Queen Victoria

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  148 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Dead for little more than one hundred years, Queen Victoria has already been the subject of more biographies than any other woman born since 1800. This newest biography from a well known historian is justified and distinguished by the incorporation of recent research on often-neglected aspects of her life and reign, as well as its relative brevity. Including much of Victor ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 11th 2005 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published 2003)
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Megan Fehr
Jul 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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I never realized the vast amount of change Queen Victoria brought to her country and others. Initially, I thought this biography appeared tedious. Upon reading, I began to understand the power Victoria had, but I was surprised with her stubbornness and willpower. Although she appeared this way, I appreciated the information about her family and Parliament all the same.
Hannah Blair
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book almost single-handedly convinced me that I should have been a history major. Arnstein seamlessly blends source documents to tell the intriguing story of Victoria and her family, both personal and historical without lingering too long on either.
Lauren Albert
For a very short book on a very long reign, this is amazingly thorough. Arnstein obviously can not cover everything, but he does an excellent job of reviewing both domestic as well as international affairs in Victoria’s reign while not neglecting her private life.
Avril Vandermerwe
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating to read the socio-political history that informed the writing of authors like Charles Dickens and George Eliot, as well as the life of one of the world's most fascinating leaders.
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very succinct and well written biography of one of the most influential people in modern history. I enjoyed this one, and I don't read many biographies!
Candy Wood
Considering that Queen Victoria lived a public life, keeping journals and writing letters, for around 80 years, her biography could be very long indeed, but Walter Arnstein manages to compress it into about 200 pages, a manageable length for nonspecialist readers. At the same time, he provides footnotes and bibliography for readers who wish to continue the exploration. The evidence thus comes both from the many previous biographies, some focused on particular topics such as the young princess or ...more
Rachel M.
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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A good introduction to Victoria: The Un-Victorian Queen. While her public image and the perception of that image was "Victorian" in nature (ie-an image of maternal domesticity and tradition), Victoria, the person, was quite the opposite. She disliked her children, hated being a mother, lived to exercise her "masculine" political power, reveled in war, and invited religious and racial progress. While she was a woman with a temper and an ego, she was also a woman who had a desire to be coddled, an ...more
Sep 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
After watching the "Young Victoria" movie, I was very interested in her because all the other versions I have seen/read are her later years, fat, hard, stuffy, and unhappy. The movie showed Victoria as vivacious, intriguing and sweetly in love. I read this book with my Classics Bookclub on the urging of my mother and cunning of Donna, and I really fell in love with it. It is a short biography (only 200 pages) for a life that spanned 90 yrs, but the authors does an AMAZING job of filling in holes ...more
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed the book - it was thorough but not so overwhelming that I found it difficult to read. The way the chapters are divided shows just how many sides there were to Victoria, and each aspect is given a fair amount of attention. I had to read it for my Victorian England class, so it definitely gave me further insight,
Sep 19, 2010 rated it liked it
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Not quite what I expected--or perhaps hoped. The emphasis is much more on her role as a politician and governor than on her personal affairs, and it is not a study of any particular depth. It was certainly very readable, but by no means comprehensive.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found the book to be interesting and somewhat well written. I don't consider myself an expert when it comes to Queen Victoria, but I found that there were only a few facts in the book that I didn't know about. It was worth the quick read though.
Apr 12, 2010 rated it liked it
If you want a relatively short book to learn about Queen Victoria, I definitely recommend this one.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fantastic biography. Really brought Queen Victoria to life in a concise way.
Jeffrey Thiessen
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
A well-written concise work that will, in the words of the author, "whet the reader's appetite".
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
I found this book lacking... All accounts of Queen Victoria show he as vivacious and take charge, I didn't get that from this book.
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Not bad. Short read but a good one and highlighted her well in a brief space.
Feb 06, 2008 rated it liked it
I read this book for a class I'm taking. It's a very concise, yet thorough, read. Good for the Victorian scholar, but also for the "newbie" to Queen Victoria.
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Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolute must have!
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