Becoming Queen Victoria

Becoming Queen Victoria

The Tragic Death of Princess Charlotte and the Unexpected Rise of Britain's Greatest Monarch

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From the acclaimed author of "England's Mistress" comes a smart, gripping account of the rise to the throne and the early life of Queen Victoria, and the tragic, little-known story of Princess Charlotte, the queen who never was.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780345461957
0345461959
Call Number: B V666wi 2010
Characteristics: xiv, 448 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), geneal. table ; 25 cm

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shayshortt
Apr 27, 2017

Royal historian Kate Williams’ portrait of two British princesses has been published under the title Becoming Queen, as well as the somewhat less accurate Becoming Queen Victoria. While it certainly is an account of how Victoria gained the throne, it dedicates a nearly equal measure of attention to Princess Charlotte, daughter of George IV, the woman who would have been queen but for her untimely death in childbirth. By profiling Charlotte and Victoria together, Williams succeeds in highlighting the perils facing a female monarch, particularly in the realms of marriage and family, creating a rather personal history. An alternative history can also easily be imagined, in which Charlotte and Leopold ruled over England together. Instead, Leopold was instrumental in facilitating the marriage of his nephew to the young queen, and the Victorian age was born.

Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2017/04/27/becoming-queen-victoria/

multcolib_susannel Mar 04, 2017

Confused about the complicated blood lines that made it possible for Victoria to become queen of the British Empire at age 18? This compelling story will set you straight!

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lledomik
Aug 27, 2013

A great historical read. It read like a novel. I had never heard of Princess Charotte and how disfunctional Victoria's family really was. I could not put this book down.

debwalker Jun 04, 2012

Queen Victoria's journals now available online. http://www.queenvictoriasjournals.org/home.do

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shayshortt
Apr 27, 2017

Royal historian Kate Williams’ portrait of two British princesses has been published under the title Becoming Queen, as well as the somewhat less accurate Becoming Queen Victoria. While it certainly is an account of how Victoria gained the throne, it dedicates a nearly equal measure of attention to Princess Charlotte, daughter of George IV, the woman who would have been queen but for her untimely death in childbirth. The book is divided into two parts, first chronicling the life and death of Princess Charlotte, before moving on to the second part dealing with the childhood and early reign of Queen Victoria. The short interlude between the two sections follows the scramble to secure the succession that took place in the wake of Charlotte’s unexpected death at the age of twenty-one.

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Apr 27, 2017

The newspapers fizzed with gossip about the wayward brothers who succeeded only at plunging the monarchy into disgrace. Through it all, Charlotte was their one hope: the blue-eyed, golden-haired girl who seemed so spirited and innocent. The public took to idealizing her as the perfect princess: sweet, reserved, possessed of a kind heart, and entirely unlike her self-centered father.

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