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Her Little Majesty: The Life of Queen Victoria by Carolly Erickson Online



Her Little Majesty: The Life of Queen Victoria

Her Little Majesty: The Life of Queen Victoria

  • Title: Her Little Majesty: The Life of Queen Victoria
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  • ISBN : 9780684807652
  • Format : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Page : 304 pages


With her customary deft mastery of historical narrative, Carolly Erickson reveals the inner contradictions of the resolute, highminded, often cantankerous woman who became queen at the age of eighteen and reigned until her death sixty four years later The short, stout Victoria, diminutive in form yet dominating in spirit, emerged as the defining symbol of her age Seeing With her customary deft mastery of historical narrative, Carolly Erickson reveals the inner contradictions of the resolute, highminded, often cantankerous woman who became queen at the age of eighteen and reigned until her death sixty four years later The short, stout Victoria, diminutive in form yet dominating in spirit, emerged as the defining symbol of her age Seeing herself as a soldier s daughter first and foremost, Victoria stood her ground, armed with her own fortitude, while the forces of social, economic, and religious change swirled about her In a time when women were becoming redefined as weak and inferior creatures, unfit even to govern themselves and in need of male rule and protection, the sturdy queen convinced herself that she too was in desperate need of a strong man She found him in Albert, her handsome, well intentioned, dutiful prince consort Following the conventions of the time, Victoria stepped back and let Albert appear to be in charge yet she never let the reins of power fall from her own hands, and after Albert s early death, his grieving widow discovered, much to her surprise, that she had been the stronger one all along Victoria s emotional ordeal after Albert s death was the worst crisis of her life, and a crucible of self discovery Thrown back on her own emotional resources, Victoria faltered, then resurged as her empire grew and Britain s global influence enlarged Queen, empress, elder stateswoman, matriarch of Europe, Victoria lived on and on, decade after decade, until she came to seem an immemorial presence on the world stage


Author Carolly Erickson

Distinguished historian Carolly Erickson is the author of The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette, The First Elizabeth, Great Catherine, Alexandra and many other prize winning works of fiction and nonfiction She lives in Hawaii.




Her Little Majesty: The Life of Queen Victoria Reviews (31)

  • The book starts as most bios of Victoria sharing the background of the Hanoverian kings and her sheltered childhood with her mother, the Duchess of Kent, and her controller, Conroy At the age of eighteen she ascended the throne and took control of her life Except she didn t, because she fell into th [..]

  • The last 100 pages or so are far gratifying than the first 100 There s a lot of speculative she must have felt garbage than I felt was warranted Compared to the fantastically written and researched biography of Abigail Adams by Lynne Withey I read the week before, this one is pretty lame Erickson e [..]

  • I rather liked this lively biography of Queen Victoria As I ve read a small mountain of books sixty or so about her, many of which would be exceedingly dull and plodding for someone less obsessed with the subject than myself, it was very refreshing to find a biography that concentrated less on the w [..]

  • Felt rushed in places but overall a decent book. [..]

  • This biography of Queen Victoria is a recent addition to the plethora of material available about the famous British monarch Erickson tells the story of a not terribly likeable and rather homely woman who grew up in elegant but extremely difficult circumstances A woman of her time, she happily hands [..]

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