Queen Victoria by Lucy Worsley

Queen Victoria

Who was Queen Victoria? A little old lady, potato-like in appearance, dressed in everlasting black? Or a passionate young princess, a romantic heroine with a love of dancing? There is also a third Victoria - a woman who was also a remarkably successful queen, one who invented a new role for the monarchy. She found a way of being a respected sovereign in an age when people were deeply uncomfortable with having a woman on the throne.As well as a qu...

Details Queen Victoria

TitleQueen Victoria
Release DateSep 6th, 2018
PublisherHodder & Stoughton
GenreNonfiction, History, Biography, Audiobook

Reviews Queen Victoria

  • Olishka
    Worsley: "On the face of it, she was deeply conservative. But if you look at her actions rather than her words, she was in fact tearing up the rule book for how to be female."Victoria: “I am most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write to join in checking this mad, wicked folly of “Women’s Rights,” with all its attendant horrors, on which her poor feeble sex is bent, forgetting every sense of womanly feelings and propriety. Femi...
  • Nancy
    Recent books and films have overturned the popular image of Queen Victoria as a dour recluse widow of ponderous dimensions to include the lively, stubborn girl-queen who loved dancing and wine and the young wife who enjoyed sex.Lucy Worsley wanted to expand Victoria's story beyond the "dancing princess to potato" to include the woman who preserved the monarchy and ruled an empire. Worsley draws from Victoria's diaries and journals, probing behind...
  • Helen Carolan
    I love Ms Worsley's books, but I've never been a big fan of queen Victoria or prince Albert. However I might revise my idea of Victoria. Certainly her early years with her mother were difficult, but her later treatment of her mother was quite shocking. Much of the blame for how Victoria turned out in later years can be laid at Albert's door. Despite vowing to herself never to become dependent on a man like her mother, Victoria did exactly that an...
  • Christina
    I run past Kensington Palace almost every morning, and every morning I see a tourist taking a picture of the giant white statue of Queen Victoria. I realised, being rather American, that I don't know very much about Queen Victoria. So when I saw that Lucy Worsley wrote a book about her, I felt it was my civic duty to read it. (Side note: Lucy Worsley is one of the best people on the planet, and I want to be her when I grow up.)I really enjoyed th...
  • Judy
    Very readable, each chapter taking a significant date in her life. Lucy certainly brings history to life.
  • Theresa Dunk
    This book held my interest from start to finish. Lots of little stories I remember being passed down to me during my childhood, all true to the tale. Osbourne House in particular. Pity it did not mention Fort Albert which was a favourite playing ground of both V&A’s children and also mine.
  • Marie-Dom
    RivetingI couldn't put this book down. Lucy Worsley creates a vivid picture of Victoria throughout her life. Brilliant research, beautifully written. Evocative. A wonderful portrait of a great queen and woman.
  • Kirsty
    I found this really fascinating and very much enjoyed it
  • Miriam
    I really liked this biography of Queen Victoria. I read so very much about Victorian culture and literature for my degree and for fun that it seemed strange that I had never read that much about the woman herself, so when I saw this book by Lucy Worsley (whose writing I love) I had to get it. And there was a lot here which I hadn't known, so that was very interesting. Lucy Worsley does a great job of showing the reader Victoria's personal relatio...
  • Jill Meyer
    British historian Lucy Worsley's new book, "Queen Victoria: Twenty-Four Days That Changed Her Life", is a well-written, comprehensive biography. Before I started to read the book, I supposed the "Twenty Four" days were a specific period of time, say, the time around her 18th birthday, and her ascension to throne soon after. But, the "Twenty Four" days were actually individual days, important to her and her reign. Her birth day, her wedding day, t...
  • Emma Cannon
    This is a great introduction to Queen Victoria for those who are looking to find out more about her life. Broken down into key days in over her life it cover events of significance in her personal and public life and encounters with other significant figures of the period. There is particular focus on her relationships with Prince Albert, her children and key servants. This isn't a work full of original resource, but it draws together lots of dif...
  • Kate
    This biography held my interest for the most part, the final three chapters dragged a bit for me. Worsely storytelling is quite compelling, a tad dramatic at times especially when I listened to the audiobook as well. Not a bad introduction to Victoria’s life (her parents’ life intrigued me most), though I can’t comment properly about Worsely’s historical analysis/interpretation of Queen Victoria’s life.
  • Reading with Cats
    I’ve always been fascinated by the Victorian era but have had a harder time with biographies of Queen Victoria herself. This one was a bit different. Instead of a detailed chronology, the author shares 24 snapshots of important events in the Queen’s life. I think this worked quite well here as there are an overwhelming amount of details available and a biographer (and reader) could easily get bogged down. A bit slow-moving at times, but I did...
  • Ant Koplowitz
    This was an easy read, much anticipated, but a tad disappointing. Lucy Worsley's take on the iconic Queen Victoria is the latest in a long line of books on one of the most written about monarchs. I was expecting more from Worsley, although not sure why. Perhaps it's simply that there isn't really anything much left to say about Victoria.
  • Stuart
    "...compounded of ravens plumes, blood and snow...""...widely known as coconut head...""...perfectly happy conversing with the dead...""...a cauldron in which the young princess was being slowly boiled..."
  • Jenny Parsons
    Lucy Worsley’s writing appeals to me, her biography of Queen Victoria did not disappoint. A clear, entertaining and fascinating perspective on the Queen I knew less than I thought about.
  • Donald
    Excellent biography concentrating on 24 key dates during Victoria's reign, written in her usual accessible style.
  • Jennifer
    “Apologies for my regrettable tendency towards spending my time with dead people rather than having fun.”Lucy breezes over major historic events and context to provide us with a splendidly detailed portrait of a woman and her relationship with her family, friends, and the lens through which she saw the world.