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Victoria and Albert - A Royal Love Affair

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  746 ratings  ·  120 reviews
The official companion to the second season of the PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria by award-winning creator and screenwriter Daisy Goodwin.

More than 16 million viewers watched the first season of the Masterpiece presentation of Victoria, created and written by Daisy Goodwin―the highest-rated PBS drama in twenty years, second only to Downton Abbey. But what happened after th
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 21st 2017 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Diane S ☔
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haven't watched the PBS series that this book is based on, as I've said before except for sports I very seldom watch TV. I do, however, have a keen interest in history, and found this book wonderful. I loved the way it was arranged. A topic would be covered, such as the relationship between Victoria and Albert, from there it would relate some facts about their lives, then go on to show how they were perceived by the nation. The final part would reflect how this was portrayed in the series. The c ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As gorgeous and lush as the first companion volume. My only complaint is I was hoping there would be a section on Alfred and Drummond. I realize that storyline is not necessarily historic fact, but since I enjoyed their storyline I was hoping they would be included here.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of the PBS drama, Victoria, then you won't want to miss this companion book of the Masterpiece series. The photography is exquisite. But the info about making the series & historical references are even better. Maybe you didn't know that Buckingham Palace had 775 rooms! There are also several time lines as the story progresses showing what was going on such as 1870, when the first condom factory producing rubber condoms opened in Dalston. You can read about Victorian, etiquet ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this. An absolute delight!

Kinsey Crosby
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed delving into the relationship of these two because on the outside they were loving but behind Palace walls it was different and there were cracks but they always fixed them.
Tina Panik
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, history
In addition to details about the show, this book is filled with Victorian era history, tidbits, and traditions. A fun read.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5/5 actually, because it’s good but not too good to be 4/5.
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"They were the most privileged couple of their age, the most famous of lovers and the best of friends."

Wow. This was fascinating. I rarely, if ever, read nonfiction texts, but after watching the TV series Victoria, this intrigued me. Although the book is quite literally titled, 'a royal love affair', I was quite pleased to discover that this wasn't the whole focus of the book; it was quite interesting to read about the Victorian history. Victoria and Albert centres mostly around the early reig
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned, my-books
This was a really informative companion book!

I was so excited to read this, and I felt that the facts I learned about Victoria and her reign enhanced my viewing experience of the show. I never knew that Victoria and Albert had such a tempestuous relationship, nor had I ever known that they were so different in temperament and in parenting skills. This book also has fantastic photographs from the show, as well as interesting pictures of papers and artifacts from Victorian England. The presentati
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pop-culture-tv
This is such a pleasant read because it is a nice balance between providing facts and stories about the Victorian era and the love story between Victoria and Albert and behind the scenes content from to please fans of the show. The articles range from the political turmoils of the day, costumes, technological advances, and other events in real life that were featured in the show. There are also sections about the actors and staff and different interviews. I like that the book makes Albert seem l ...more
I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would. I think it would had been better to read this after watching the tv show. I love learning about the Victorian era, Queen Victoria, and Prince Albert. Sometimes the pacing was a little too slow for my taste. There was this one background that made it hard to read the text. I loved all of the pictures that were throughout the book. I can't wait to start watching the tv show.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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After watching the first season of the British TV series, Victoria, I’ve been looking forward to season two. Daisy Goodwin wrote the first series and I enjoyed listening to her book, Victoria, before watching it. So I was delighted that Goodwin wrote Victoria and Albert: A Royal Love Affair, a companion to season two.

Victoria and Albert is a combination introduction to their relationship, to the social, cultural and political history of the time and to some behind the scenes looks at the produc
Rachael Marsceau
Breathtakingly gorgeous from cover to cover. Super educational and easy to read. Loved it!
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
interesting to read the back stories about them and about the culture of the time.
Debbie Duncalf
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely book that accompanies the television series of the same name.
It is a lovely well written book which lends a greater insight of this lovely couple.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this, previously read Victoria. Would recommend.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just picked this book up on a whim from my library's new books display. I haven't watched this series but I loved the easy to read historical facts in this book along with the modern and historical photos. This is a great read I recommend to people interested in Victorian England.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful behind the scenes and historical look

Daisy Goodwin did it again! She did an amazing job giving a behind the scenes look at the series and season 2 of Victoria! I could only give it 4 stars though because co-author was very redundant and I found myself reading similar paragraphs in various places throughout the book. This of course got old, as one would hope that the editors would have removed these places so that it didn't feel so textbook-ish. Otherwise excellent read for anyone that
Susan Pola Staples
As a HUGE aficionado of the PBS series Victoria and a reader of biographies of Queen Victoria, of Prince Albert and joint biographies of the couple, I am especially happy to have a written portrait of their marriage as portrayed in the series. Victoria and Albert by Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan is a delight.

The book is a marvelous companion to the PBS series for its lavish illustrations, comments from the cast and crew - costume designer Roz Ebbuts and Makeup artist Nic Collins are featured.
Entertaining. Pretty — three-quarters images, but since I’ve not seen the series, the photos of costumes alongside historical documents wasn’t redundant. Distressing whose/who’s error on p. 176 — do they not have anyone read the thing over before it goes to print?
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any Victorian era fans, particularly of the BBC show Victoria
Rating: 5+ / 5

It would be a lie to say that the first thing that attracted me to Victoria was, in fact, her relationship with Albert. Even today, if we consider them as celebrities of the 1800s, we have to admit that their relationship is a unique one. After all, they didn't cheat on each other, they set out to be an example to others by creating a united family unit in their domestic life (and raised their children according to less lavish methods than you might expect for royals), and worked a
Sarah Beth
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won a copy of this book as a giveaway on Goodreads.

This book is a companion piece to the PBS Masterpiece drama Victoria and is filled with photos from the show. In it, Daisy Goodwin, author of the novel upon which the show was based as well as the screenwriter for the show, provides historical background on the couple fictionalized in the television series. The book covers Victoria and Albert as a couple, their home life, the royal household, as well as brief insights into Victoria's rule and
Nik Morton
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Co-written by Daisy Goodwin (the series’ excellent screenwriter) and historian/novelist Sara Sheridan, the book covers in 303 pages the relationship between the two royals and the many individuals who came into their orbit. It is complemented by many still photographs from the two seasons of Victoria and the Christmas special.

The TV series is not a historical documentary but a dramatised rendering of Queen Victoria, her husband Albert and others, and as such it does tinker with historical fact
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoy the ITV series, Victoria, (more so than Goodwin's book, actually) and I felt this companion book was a succinct and enjoyable supplement to the series. While the book provides beautiful photography of the stars, the remarkable settings and costumes, it also gives the reader a bit of history about Victoria and the era that is named for her and how the royals, aristocrats and commoners lived. The companion guide looks not only at Victoria, Albert and their family but also how her reign and ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have been fascinated with Queen Victoria for a long time. I have absolutely loved the TV show 'Victoria' for the past few seasons and this book is a happy marriage of historical narrative and the work that goes into creating Victoria and Albert's world in the TV series.

There was a ton of interesting factual information about the real lives of Victoria and Albert, including excerpts from Victoria and Albert's own letters. The background information of what was happening in their palatial world
Beautifully done. I love how this was written. It was incredibly informative both about Victoria and Albert and also about world events during her reign.
Beautiful glossy pictures from the show and drawings from the actual time period.

I think someone with an interest in the royal family would enjoy this book whether or not they watch the show.

I liked how it covered many events that we haven’t yet seen on the show (at the moment, Season 2 is still a few days away from its premiere here in the US).
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I watched the first PBS series and enjoyed the stories and saw this book at my local library and checked it out. Written by the screenwriter it is a highlighted look at Queen Victoria in many aspects - her life as a young girl, her marriage to Albert, her children, the politics and the travel. The most interesting part of this book was the inventions and innovations that were accomplished during her reign and progress was really promoted by Albert - he had the scientific mind. I loved the sketch ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A marvellous historical book written about Queen Victorias and Prince Alberts life, love and how they managed to change England, how they gave new examples of tradition of daily and family life.

I started to watch the tv series Victoria, cause I was always fond of England's history. This show offered me everything which I desired. From the depictaction of the Victorian age, till the love life of two people of royal blood. Also the book contains Easter eggs about the series, so good purchase for t
Joseph J.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Victoria the woman and series
This is a valuable companion to the second season series on Masterpiece Theater. While pictures of the series actors predominate, there is the occasional black and white reminder of what Victoria and Albert really looked like. There is also instructive commentary on Victorian morals and customs. Most distressing and against my previous belief, even upper crust (no pun intended) Victorians were loathe to bathe, and Lord Marlboro on occasion had to correct the young Victoria on her lacking hygiene ...more
Rachel Mantas
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fun book to read. I have never watched either seasons, though I am excited to see season 1, which is currently out. It was neat to learn about how they put the show together. Season 2 is due out in a couple of weeks, which I also plan to watch. It was great throughout the book as there were some amazing cultural and historical facts I never knew. It was also a great book to read during the month of December, as it was easy to pick up and put down again, not having a consistent story from ...more
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DAISY GOODWIN, a Harkness scholar who attended Columbia University’s film school after earning a degree in history at Cambridge University, is a leading television producer in the U.K. Her poetry anthologies, including 101 Poems That Could Save Your Life, have introduced many new readers to the pleasures of poetry, and she was Chair of the judging panel of the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction. That w ...more