Catherine Reef brings history vividly to life in this sumptuously illustrated account of a confident, strong-minded, and influential woman. Victoria woke one morning at the age of eighteen to discover that her uncle had died and she was now queen. She went on to rule for sixty-three years, with an influence so far-reaching that the decades of her reign now bear her name—the Victorian period. Victoria is filled with the exciting comings and goings of royal life: intrigue and innuendo, scheming advisors, and assassination attempts, not to mention plenty of passion and discord. Includes bibliography, notes, British royal family tree, index.
About the Author
Catherine Reef is the award-winning author of more than forty nonfiction books for young people and adults, many of them biographies, including, most recently, the highly praised Florence Nightingale. Ms. Reef lives in College Park, Maryland. www.catherinereef.com
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Victoria: Portrait of a Queen based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I spotted this lovely book at my library and couldn't resist borrowing it despite the size of my TBR stack. Its full of interesting art and photos, and honestly I thought I'd just browse the pictures, but I found myself drawn into reading it. Its written for young adults and though I've read several books on Queen Victoria, I still find out something new about her in each one. For instance, I'd never heard any mention of Victoria's terrible fashion sense before. When Victoria and Albert visited Brussels, General Canrobert commented that "she had on a massive bonnet of white silk with streamers behind and a tuft of maribou feathers on top...she had a mantle and a sunshade of crude green which did not seem to go with the rest of her costume," he further commented on her enormous purse "like those of our grandmothers - made of white satin or silk, on which was embroidered a fat poodle in gold." The French Empress Eugenie had observed Victoria's frumpy dress on a state visit to London. After going home, she sent Victoria's daughter Vicky, some dresses as a gift, so the young princess would feel fashionable when the royal family reciprocated a state visit to Paris. So being royal doesn't guarantee that you have good taste apparently! This book is a feast for any Anglophile's eyes!