The longest reigning British monarch and female sovereign in history, Queen Victoria was a figure of profound paradox. In this magisterial biography, A. N. Wilson rebukes the conventional wisdom about her life-that she was merely a stuffy widow who did next to nothing-to show she was in fact intensely involved in state affairs. Wilson's complete immersion in Victoria's countless letters and journals reveals a carefully nuanced portrait of a monarch possessed by family immigrant insecurities, a reluctant public figure who learned to exploit public display, a mother who hated pregnancy, and a political luminary who created and controlled the story of her life, true or otherwise.
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by A.N. Wilson
by Colin Cotterill
by Hew Strachan
by David Harvey
by Clive James
"Misunderstood as an ineffective and moody monarch with little confidence, Queen Victoria is now being revealed as a genuine powerhouse. A.N. Wilson adds to the new insights on Victoria's wondrous life, reinstating her as a ruler more powerful, self-assured, and ahead of her time than previously documented. British narrator Clive Chafer unfolds the story of Victoria's lonely childhood and apprenticeship as a ruler. Later, she learns to fend off the interference of untrustworthy advisors and enjoys a devoted marriage to Prince Albert. After his death, newfound strength transforms her into a cunning imperialist who makes her nation into the dominant global power of the time. Chafer's narration elegantly captures Victoria's 64-year reign as well as her personal triumphs and struggles. This is storytelling fit for a queen. B.J.P. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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