Our perception of Victoria the Queen is coloured by portraits of her older, widowed self – her dour expression embodying the repressive morality propagated in her time. But Becoming Queen reveals an energetic and vibrant woman, determined to battle for power. It also documents the Byzantine machinations behind Victoria’s quest to occupy the throne, and shows how her struggles did not end when finally the crown was placed on her head. Laying bare the passions that swirled around the throne in the eighteenth century, Becoming Queen is an absorbingly dramatic tale of secrets, sexual repression and endless conflict. After her lauded biography of Emma Hamilton, England’s Mistress, Kate Williams has produced a most original and intimate portrait of Great Britain’s longest reigning monarch.
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"Not enough Victoria"
A book entitled 'Becoming Queen' with a portrait of Victoria lead me to believe that the book would be an insight into the personality and times surrounding her. I liked the book, fortunately, which meant I didn't mind around half of it being devoted to the life of another young woman whose early death meant Victoria became queen. In essence - a reasonable book, well narrated - but not quite what it says on the tin.
"A little know period of history"
I found this book well narrated, a little long winded in parts, but it filled a gap in my knowledge of English history. In fact it only deals briefly with Victoria as a Queen, but at length about how she came to the throne at all, a circuitous route indeed! Very pleasant to listen to, informative, a good "read".
The right balance between scholarly research and approachability which makes it ideal to listen to. Fantastic narrator who brings it all to life.
A fascinating backstory to how Victoria came to be born, let alone Queen, due to the untimely death of her cousin Princess Charlotte. Although the book begins with the Prince Regent's wedding and ends, for no discernible reason, after the birth of the Princess Royal, it is an absorbing listen.
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