Victoria Victorious by Jean Plaidy
The Story of Queen Victoria (A Queens of England Novel)

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In this unforgettable novel of Queen Victoria, Jean Plaidy re-creates a remarkable life filled with romance, triumph, and tragedy.

At birth, Princess Victoria was fourth in line for the throne of England, the often-overlooked daughter of a prince who died shortly after her birth. She and her mother lived in genteel poverty for most of her childhood, exiled from court because of her mother’s dislike of her uncles, George IV and William IV. A strong, willful child, Victoria was determined not to be stifled by her powerful uncles or her unpopular, controlling mother. Then one morning, at the age of eighteen, Princess Victoria awoke to the news of her uncle William’s death. The almost-forgotten princess was now Queen of England. Even better, she was finally free of her mother’s iron hand and her uncles’ manipulations. Her first act as queen was to demand that she be given a room—and a bed—of her own.

Victoria’s marriage to her German cousin, Prince Albert, was a blissfully happy one that produced nine children. Albert was her constant companion and one of her most trusted advisors. Victoria’s grief after Prince Albert’s untimely death was so shattering that for the rest of her life—nearly forty years—she dressed only in black. She survived several assassination attempts, and during her reign England’s empire expanded around the globe until it touched every continent in the world.

Derided as a mere “girl queen” at her coronation, by the end of her sixty-four-year reign, Victoria embodied the glory of the British Empire. In this novel, written as a “memoir” by Victoria herself, she emerges as truthful, sentimental, and essentially human—both a lovable woman and a great queen.


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About Jean Plaidy

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Jean Plaidy one of the preeminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also known as Victoria Holt and Philippa Carr. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages and have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.
 
Published February 19, 2009 by Broadway Books. 578 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Topping off Plaidy's previous Victoriana opuses which touched on the various phases in the long, long life of the Queen, this is a complete childhood-to-post-Jubilee chronicle, narrated by the queen herself in the same tick-tock intonation with which Plaidy's other queens have Told All.

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Examiner

Queen Victoria has been known as one of the greatest monarchs of all time.

Sep 15 2009 | Read Full Review of Victoria Victorious: The Stor...

Passages to the Past

I've never really read anything about Queen Victoria, so a few of these are bound to end up on my reading list.

Nov 30 2009 | Read Full Review of Victoria Victorious: The Stor...

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