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The Widow of Windsor

(Queen Victoria #4)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  393 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Albert is dead and the queen is preparing to spend the rest of her life in mourning. Yet the last years of her reign are to be momentous years.

Palmerston, then Gladstone and Disraeli, govern her empire through the high noon of its heyday.

The court at Windsor, Balmoral, Osborne or Buckingham Palace is perpetually shocked by the Prince of Wales, forever in pursuit of horse
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Paperback, 464 pages
Published 2008 by Arrow books (first published 1974)
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``Laurie Henderson
The 4th and final book In Jean Plaidy's, Queen Victoria series.

Excellent series that I want to recommend to any of you wanting to learn more about Queen Victoria and her era.
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Becky
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First sentence: Mourning hung heavily over Windsor. The Queen was stunned; now and then her tears would cease and she would ask in a bewildered voice: "It's not true? Tell me it's not true. This time last year he was with us. Oh God, how could this be? I always believed we should go together."

Premise/plot: The Widow of Windsor chronicles the last decades of Queen Victoria's life, starting with the death of Prince Albert in 1861 and ending with her own death in 1901. The book does not focus on Qu
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June Louise
"The Widow of Windsor" is the final book in the Victorians series, obviously covering the life of Queen Victoria and her family following the death of the Prince Consort, Prince Albert. It's plain that Victoria never got over the death of her "Sainted One", wearing black every day, even to weddings and state occasions. Not only has Victoria got Albert's death to overcome but her son Bertie, and also Alfred to a degree, are up to no good with their merrymaking and undesirable company; giving the ...more
Amanda
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I loved Jean Plaidy's book series about Queen Victoria and this final one dealing with the latter years of her life after Albert's death. So much happened during this time period too and loved getting to learn more about her children as they became adults, her relationships with John Brown and Benjamin Disraeli, various other historical people and events, and how her grandchildren would sadly start WWI. Looking forward to checking out Jean's other historical novels now. ...more
P B Starling
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The widow of Windsor

Jean Plaidy has kept me interested in history and the way she has written this book of four about Victoria and A!bert has kept me fixed to the very end. I recommend Jean Plaidy to anybody who wants to read
Alisha
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent historical fiction; I suspect it lifts so much from diaries and letters that it's barely fictionalized at all.
It really brings to life the historical figures that usually just flit by as names without personalities.
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Lynn Smith
This covers the years of her reign from the 1860s till her death in 1901.
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Albert was dead and the Queen, stricken with grief, prepared to spend the rest of her life mourning. Her Government and her family sought to bring her out of seclusion but she was determined to remain the Widow of Windsor. The years which followed were some of the most momentous in British history, some of the Queen's ministers the most famous. There was the great Palmerston who managed to keep a mocking ascendancy
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Kathleen Freeman
This is the first book I have read by this author and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I found it very interesting and I learned a tonne about the Royal Family during this time in history. I was intrigued to see people who had been characters in other books I have read, play a role in this book giving a new perspective on the person.
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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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