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The Captive of Kensington Palace (Queen Victoria #1)

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Victoria is virtually a prisoner in Kensington Palace. Her mother and her mother's chamberlain, Sir John Conroy, are her guards. They will not allowher to associate with anyone that has not been thoroughly and critically checked to make sure Victoria is not made harmed by their very presence.Even her governesses are under scrutiny. She is not even allowed to bealone! Someo ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 1st 1976 by Putnam Publishing Group (first published 1972)
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``Laurie Henderson
I have to admit I've never been very interested in Queen Victoria and the era in which she lived, much preferring the Medieval or Renaissance era when it came to English history. You have to admit that after the Tudors and Stuarts, the Georgian era is rather pale in comparison, not to mention those lusty Plantagenets.

After watching the PBS miniseries "Victoria" I was curious to know more about her though. So of course I immediately ordered this book by Jean Plaidy since she's the cream of the c
Apr 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Since I just clicked "currently-reading," I obviously have no review yet. But I have a question. When people here post their reviews, why do they include a summary? I see the reviews after I've read the book, and I'm curious what other people thought, but I don't need to be told the plot.

Also, when we select the date when we finished reading a book, why doesn't it default to TODAY???
June Louise
If you want a captivating insight into the history of the monarchy, you must read the books by Jean Plaidy. I can guarantee that once you start one of her books, you'll not put it down!

In this novel, the first of three for this monarch, she gives us an insight into the childhood of Queen Victoria. The plottings, conniving, match-making that went on in the Royal Palaces beggars belief. Plaidy being each individual to life in a very effective way, so right from the start I wanted to "boo" every ti
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Not bad, but sometimes reads a bit more like a history book than a novel. I didn't mind that, and I believe the details were captured pretty accurately. It didn't give Victoria much of a personality. Still, as a dabbler in British history, I found it interesting enough!
Feb 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves historial fiction :)
I have bought the "Queen Victoria" Series after being very impressed with other books from Jean Plaidy.

Like most historical fiction, it takes a few chapters to really understand and get to know the characters (especially the not-so-frequent) but once settled into the book - I did continue to read and read and read.

Jean Plaidy sets the scenes brilliantly and you can see everything in your minds eye, the details within the story really entice you to read more.

Some characteristics of the characters
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Finally checked out the first novel in Jean Plaidy's "Queen Victoria" book series and loved it!!! :D It covers her childhood from the age of 8 till she was 18 and became Queen. I love the current TV series "Victoria" and wanted to read more about her and so glad I got recommended this series. It felt like a prequel to the show and included many more people in Victoria's life and learned so much more. Can't wait to start book 2 next!!! :D
Bev Taylor
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
follow the childhood years of victoria who is virtually held a prisoner in kensington palace by the mother, the duchess of kent, who is determined to be regent if victoria becomes queen before the age of 18. she is ably abetted by her 'friend' lord conroy, who also has aspirations of his own

add this mix the earl of cumberland who would become king if anything happened to victoria. failing that, his son could marry victoria

william the present king has succeeded the mad king george and he loves v
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Isolated in Kensington Palace with her overbearing mother and her mother's chamberlain Sir John Conroy controlling her every step and every minute of her day, young Princess Victoria grows up closely watched and not allowed to associate with anyone her guardians don't approve of - which is pretty much everyone apart from her governess, her German relatives and Conroy's children. Never allowed to be alone, she eagerly anticipates the day when she comes of age and can escape from her mother's scru ...more
Feb 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This novel was written in a similar manner to the other Jean Plaidy novel I read. There are multiple points of view going on, even in the same chapter. Once you get used to it you barely notice.

I had read only biographies on Queen Victoria in the past, so this is the first novel about Victoria I've read. I was very impressed at the level of research about Victoria that was included, though much of it I think already widely known. The great thing, I think, about writing Victoria is that we have t
Cynthia  Scott
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable and informative
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec The Captive of Kensington Palace?
"J'ai une vraie passion pour la Reine Victoria et j'ai été très heureuse de trouver sur elle cette petite série romancée, en quatre tomes."

Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...
"La jeune princesse Victoria pourrait bien devenir reine sous peu mais en attendant, elle grandit sous l'étroite garde de sa mère et de son conseiller Sir John Conroy et chacun complote pour l'évincer ou la contrôler."

Manne Necker
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Con detalles históricos y un excelente contexto, Plaidy consigue que entre en un mundo completamente diferente, dándole la realidad necesaria para capturar al lector. Con personajes históricos bien retratados, inicia la historia de una pequeña heredera al trono. Si bien me gustó mucho la narrativa y la manera de llevar la historia, siento que los momentos claves dentro de ésta, incluyendo a Victoria desde su infancia hasta que se convierte en Reina, fue demasiado veloz. Si bien la historia comie ...more
a very good book looking into the early years of Queen Victoria.
I am a sucker for anything involving female monarchs and really enjoyed the various movies and miniseries about Victoria. This book did not disappoint. Shedding light on Victoria's childhood and the turbulence of the reign of the kings that preceded her, this was a fun read even if we all know where the story is going. Plaidy totally captured the screwy family dynamic of Victoria, her mother, and her mother's...whatever he was. Enjoyed this very much and off to read the next in this four book se ...more
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the first of four. I started reading this one because this book was the best out of all i found.

It takes a while to get into the book and work out who everyone is but when you do it's easier to understand what is going on. It shows what life was life was like for the young princess victoria growing up. This book starts with victoria as a child learning realy quickly and who can be trusted.
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Like all of Jean Plaidy's books, it dwells a little too much on the historical and not as much on the fiction. But I'm always interested in anything about Victoria. I thought I caught a few historical inaccuracies, but the books weren't exactly written recently, so I'm not surprised. A decent read if you're a huge fan of Queen Victoria's. Don't bother if you're not.
Jenna Coyne
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jean Plaidy is one of my faviourite authors and have read the tudor series.

This is the first book in the victorian series and though I know a bit about Victoria from the film, this has given me more of an insight. This book is her years before the throne and her life with protective duchess
Edward Creter
Princess Victoria is 11, and on her way to become Queen of England--unless her overbearing mom, the Duchess of Kent, has anything to say about THAT! Good read with an identifyiable heroine--and it's based on a true story!!!
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Even though she's an "old school" author, I always enjoy Jean Plaidy
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
A bit slow to read because it contained a lot of dialogue but I learnt so much about Victoria's early life.
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book I loved the way the characters interacted with each other made the book seem like you were sitting in the rooms with the characters
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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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