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Widow of Windsor [Paperback]

Jean Plaidy


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Nov. 12 1982
Albert is dead and the queen is preparing to spend the rest of her life in mourning. Yet the last years of her reign are to be momentous years. Palmerston, then Gladstone and Disraeli, govern her empire through the high noon of its heyday. The court at Windsor, Balmoral, Osborne or Buckingham Palace is perpetually shocked by the Prince of Wales, forever in pursuit of horses, women and scandal, the heady harbinger of Edwardian years to come.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; New edition edition (Nov. 12 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330261258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330261258
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,614,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jean Plaidy doesn't just write the history, she makes it come alive" -- Julia Moffat RNA "These books are page-turners; they offer a wonderful way to learn about history, their heroines are smart, strong and in control of their destinies and their stories will remain with you for ever...They are a celebration of women's spirit throughout history." Daily Express "Full-blooded, dramatic, exciting" Observer "One of England's foremost historical novelists" Birmingham Mail "Plaidy excels at blending history with romance and drama" New York Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jean Plaidy, one of the pre-eminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also know as Victoria Holt. Jean Plaidy's novels had sold more than 14 million copies worldwide by the time of her death in 1993. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lost and Longing Dec 13 2012
By Alex - Published on Amazon.com
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Albert, the love of her life is dead. What is Victoria to do? Her instinct, and only inclination, is to go into mourning and never emerge. Everything reminds her of him. Everything! She cannot forgive her son for his supposed part in the death of his father and she blames herself for letting him go. What's a queen to do?

This is the question on everyone's mind as the Victorian Era comes to a glorious close. Her children are growing up, marrying and having children of her own. Her grandchildren are causing problems; there is still the business of the ever expanding realm to deal with and her ever present, and intense, grief.

Plaidy does a wonderful job summing up the last years of Victoria's life. Those without her believed husband Albert.

There are some things lacking though. I felt like her, or rather England's involvement in affairs abroad, were very much glossed over and she didn't talk about a servant who was very much in Victoria's life at the end and deserved mention. Not John Brown, he is well featured.

However, these lapses weren't too bad, just disappointing. She does make up for it with a very good insight into Victoria's children's lives. I loved reading so much about Bertie's wife, Alexandra of Denmark (and not just because we share a name.) I liked that the book wasn't just completely concerned with Victoria, but those who now had more time with her due to the death of her husband.

This is the last book in the series and the last book in the entire English monarchy saga. It was well worth the 4 year wait I did to read and collect every last book in it.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Widow of Windsor May 11 2014
By Sheila Finch - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a collector of Eleanor Burford and as she wrote under the pseudonym of Jean Plaidy, I purchased this book, which was a 1st edition.
3.0 out of 5 stars boring Jan. 5 2014
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This was not one of Plaidy's better books. Victoria does not come across as very interesting. On the contrary, she is very needy and poorly written. Plaidy has done better.
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book. July 31 2012
By Jerilynn - Published on Amazon.com
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My daughter collects this writer and I was pleased to find an older one in good condition for a good price. I will check out youe items again. Thank you!!

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