Queen Victoria Essential Biographies (Pocket Biographies)

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Queen Victoria is the longest-reigning monarch in British history. In this concise biography, Lady Longford, long recognized as an authority on the subject, gives a full account of Queen Victoria's life and provides her unique assessment of the monarch. Victoria ascended the throne in 1837 on the death of her uncle William IV. In 1840, she married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, and for the next twenty years they were inseperable. Their descendants were to succeed to most of the thrones of Europe. When Albert died in 1861, Victoria's overwhelming grief made her almost withdraw from public life. This perceived dereliction of public duty, coupled with rumours about her relationship with her Scottish gillie, John Brown, led to increasing criticism. Coaxed back into the public eye by Disraeli, she resumed her political and constitutional interest with vigour until her death in 1901.

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This title deals with the life of Queen Victoria, Britain's longest reigning monarch. The author gives a full account of her life and provides and assessment of the Queen right up until her death in 1901. The book looks at Victoria's ascention to the throne, her marriage to Prince Albert, and her grieving after the prince's death. The title also presents the relationship to her ghillie, John Brown, and her resumption of political and constitutional interests.

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"A perfect introduction." --"Daily Express "

"Capaciously documented . . . places its author, Lady Longford (author also of "Queen Victoria") in the front ranks of 20th century military and political biographers." --"Kirkus Reviews" on "Wellington"

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