Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire
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Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire


From International New York Times columnist Julia Baird comes a biography of Queen Victoria. Drawing on previously unpublished papers, Victoria: The Queen is a new portrait of the real woman behind the myth—a story of love and heartbreak, of devotion and grief, of strength and resilience.

When Victoria was born, in 1819, the world was a very different place. Revolution would begin to threaten many of Europe’s monarchies in the coming decades. In Britain, a generation of royals had indulged their whims at the public’s expense, and republican sentiment was growing. The Industrial Revolution was transforming the landscape, and the British Empire was commanding ever larger tracts of the globe. Born into a world where woman were often powerless, during a century roiling with change, Victoria went on to rule the most powerful country on earth with a decisive hand.

Fifth in line to the throne at the time of her birth, Victoria was an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary role. As a girl, she defied her mother’s meddling and an adviser’s bullying, forging an iron will of her own. As a teenage queen, she eagerly grasped the crown and relished the freedom it brought her. At twenty years old, she fell passionately in love with Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, eventually giving birth to nine children. She loved sex and delighted in power. She was outspoken with her ministers, overstepping boundaries and asserting her opinions. After the death of her adored Albert, she began a controversial, intimate relationship with her servant John Brown. She survived eight assassination attempts over the course of her lifetime. And as science, technology, and democracy were dramatically reshaping the world, Victoria was a symbol of steadfastness and security—queen of a quarter of the world’s population at the height of the British Empire’s reach.

Drawing on sources that include revelations about Victoria’s relationship with John Brown, Julia Baird brings to life the story of a woman who struggled with so many of the things we do today: balancing work and family, raising children, navigating marital strife, losing parents, combating anxiety and self-doubt, finding an identity, searching for meaning.

Title:Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:752 pages

    Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire Reviews

  • DeB MaRtEnS
    Jan 01, 2017

    Queen Victoria's story has been well defined in this fascinating, well-rounded and researched biography by Julia Baird. Victoria Regina Imperatrix was the petite queen whose feet did not reach the bot...

  • Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
    Jan 11, 2017

    4.5 stars. Things I learnt from this book:- Queen Victoria was THIRSTY. Like...T.H.I.R.S.T.Y. Homegirl reeeeeeeeally wanted the D. Her main concern when told that she should stop having children was b...

  • Sarah
    Jun 25, 2016

    A big thank you to Random House & NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book in return for an honest review!The publication of a new biography of Queen Victoria is very timely, considering th...

  • Nicole N.
    Nov 07, 2016

    Actual rating: 4.5 stars It's no joke that I'm an Anglophile and huge fan of the current royal family. I love reading about royal families because they're quirky and sometimes downright crazy, but I ...

  • Phillippa
    Nov 29, 2016

    If anyone bothers to have a look at my book lists you will see i favor history above all other genres - and that Victorian England holds a special appeal in my heart.Some of you will say - another bio...

  • Susan Snodgrass
    Oct 01, 2016

    The history of the British monarchy is a particular interest of mine and I have quite a collection of my own of books in this area. When I saw this one, I knew I wanted to read it. Queen Victoria was ...

  • Judy Lesley
    Jun 22, 2016

    I received a print ARC of this book through the Amazon Vine Voices program.I received an e-ARC of this book through NetGalley and Random House Publishing.I have read many biographies of the life of Qu...

  • Rebecca
    Sep 20, 2016

    Thank you to the publisher through Goodreads First Reads for the ARC. A lively written biography of Queen Victoria, which I enjoyed reading. The author does an excellent job of keeping the reader eng...

  • Biblio Files
    Jun 29, 2016

    As long as this book was, at about 500 pages of text and another hundred or so of notes, bibliography, and index, I was sorry to come to the end. It's a comprehensive biography of Queen Victoria, from...

  • Kimberly
    Oct 11, 2016

    Confession.I might be a tad obsessed with Queen Victoria. The Young Victoria is the only movie permanently loaded on my iPad. I happily drink tea from my signature Kensington Palace teacup. I read Vic...

About Julia Baird

Julia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster and author based in Sydney, Australia. She hosts The Drum on ABCTV and writes columns for the Sydney Morning Herald and the International New York Times. Her writing has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Guardian, the Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald, the Sun-Herald, The Monthly and Harper’s Bazaar.