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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks; New edition (June 19 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780760485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780760483
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #703,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Hilarious social commentary...If all biographies were like Strachey's, they would probably kill off the novel altogether." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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No other biography, before or since, gives as delightful and comprehensive an account of Queen Victoria and her reign. Here is the full panorama of Victoria's life--her childhood, her marriage to Albert, and her majestic domination of a colorful court circle--told with the author's now-famous flair for throwing 'a sudden revealing searchlight into the obscure recesses, hitherto undivined.'Hailed by critics as a brilliant new kind of biography, Queen Victoria stands as one of the literary landmarks of this century. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging study of a fascinating monarch Sept. 10 2010
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Giles Lytton Strachey was an early 20th century writer and biographer who developed a reputation for writing biographies that dealt with individuals as people, rather than the events they were associated with. His 1921 biography of the British monarch, Queen Victoria, is a highly readable insight into this long-reigning queen.

Many public domain books can be slow to read, with language that is sometimes archaic when compared to contemporary writing. This is not the case with Strachey's work. Not only does it thoroughly cover Victoria's life from childhood to death, but it is an engaging read that explores Victoria's relationships, both personal and professional. I particularly liked reading of the love between Victoria and her husband, Albert, much of which is detailed in Victoria's journals and letters. I also enjoyed Strachey's turn of phrase and his ability to create such effective word-pictures of this fascinating monarch and her life.

If you have any interest in history or curiosity about British monarchs I think you will enjoy this book. I certainly did - far more than I expected to.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Britain. Most everything historical you wanted to know ... Sept. 29 2016
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Great Britain. Most everything historical you wanted to know about the Kings/Queens & royalty of England.

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.

A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written English royalty book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great Royal Families of England movie, PP presentation, or better yet mini TV series or even a documentary (A & E, History channel. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.

Thank you for the free Richard Rivington Holmes; Arcadia Books; Amazon Digital Services LLC; book
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Oct. 23 2016
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Toward the end of the book, the author admits without apology that he only barely alluded to a few of the important events of the 19th century or the vital public figures of Victoria's reign. He found it more important to provide list after list of her children's godparents, which armies marched in review before her, and which monarchs and other royal figures visited or were visited. It is not until the book is more than two-thirds done, for example, that we learn that Victoria had a half-brother to whom she was allegedly devoted -- mentioned in passing on the occasion of his death!

I got this book for free, and it was worth every penny I paid.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent biography Oct. 25 2016
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Sometimes biographers bore us with facts and dates and ordinary history. Not this time...well researched and revealing incites into this grand woman. My respect and admiration for her has reached new heights
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3.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned, but informative. March 18 2014
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An interesting read, but the language can be strange. I found it frustrating to have so many quotes given in French, German and other languages that the author did not translate.