Becoming Queen Victoria: The Tragic Death of Princess Charlotte and the Unexpected Rise of Britain's Greatest Monarch

Becoming Queen Victoria: The Tragic Death of Princess Charlotte and the Unexpected Rise of Britain's Greatest Monarch

by Kate Williams
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Becoming Queen Victoria: The Tragic Death of Princess Charlotte and the Unexpected Rise of Britain's Greatest Monarch by Kate Williams

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The perfect companion to the PBS Masterpiece series Victoria • A gripping account of Queen Victoria’s rise and early years in power from CNN’s official royal historian

“Kate Williams has perfected the art of historical biography. Her pacy writing is underpinned by the most impeccable scholarship.”—Alison Weir
 
In 1819, a girl was born to the fourth son of King George III. No one could have expected such an unassuming, overprotected girl to be an effective ruler—yet Queen Victoria would become one of the most powerful monarchs in history.
 
Writing with novelistic flair and historical precision, Kate Williams reveals a vibrant woman in the prime of her life, while chronicling the byzantine machinations that continued even after the crown was placed on her head. Upon hearing that she had inherited the throne, eighteen-year-old Victoria banished her overambitious mother from the room, a simple yet resolute move that would set the tone for her reign. The queen clashed constantly not only with her mother and her mother’s adviser, the Irish adventurer John Conroy, but with her ministers and even her beloved Prince Albert—all of whom attempted to seize control from her.
 
Williams lays bare the passions that swirled around the throne—the court secrets, the sexual repression, and the endless intrigue. The result is a grand tale of a woman whose destiny began long before she was born and whose legacy lives on.
 
Praise for Becoming Queen Victoria
 
“An informative, entertaining, gossipy tale.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“A great read . . . With lively writing, Ms. Williams [makes] the story fresh and appealing.”The Washington Times
 
“Sparkling, engaging.”—Open Letters Monthly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345521934
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/10/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 39,563
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Kate Williams studied for her B.A. at Oxford University and went on to earn an M.A. from the University of London and a D.Phil. in history from Oxford. A lecturer and TV consultant in addition to being CNN’s royal historian, she has hosted several documentaries on British television and appears regularly on both American and British networks. Williams is the New York Times bestselling author of three biographies—Ambition and Desire: The Dangerous Life of Josephine Bonaparte, England’s Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton, and Becoming Queen Victoria: The Unexpected Rise of Britain’s Greatest Monarch—as well as a novel, The Pleasures of Men. Her articles and essays have been published in a wide range of books and journals. Kate Williams lives in London.

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Becoming Queen Victoria 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Harper Wilamoski More than 1 year ago
this book was the best biography i've ever read. even if you dont like history, read it! its better than anything on tv and it really happened! a wondreful book. very informative and entertaining.
Tracy Winjum More than 1 year ago
You will not be disapointed. A true account of history that reads like a incredable fiction action romance!
BookwormNanaNana More than 1 year ago
I love the history of England. This book was a joy to read. I enjoyed learning about Queen Victoria and her childhood. While I admit there were some words I did not know the meaning it wasn't a problem since you can look up a definition so easily. If you like British history you shouldn't miss this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really interesting book! Lots of fascinating facts.
kaat60 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting details about the events and people leading up to Victoria becoming heir.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...it ended too soon... lol...
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After a secluded childhood she finally came into her own at 18 and was able to assert her independence. Well written story.
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A good read
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