My Name Is Victoria

My Name Is Victoria

by Lucy Worsley


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My Name Is Victoria by Lucy Worsley

By turns thrilling, dramatic, and touching, this is the story of Queen Victoria's childhood as you've never heard it before.

Miss V. Conroy is good at keeping secrets. She likes to sit as quiet as a mouse, neat and discreet. But when her father sends her to Kensington Palace to become the companion to Princess Victoria, Miss V soon finds that she can no longer remain in the shadows. Her father is Sir John Conroy, confidant and financial advisor to Victoria’s mother, and he has devised a strict set of rules for the young princess that he calls the Kensington System. It governs Princess Victoria's behavior and keeps her locked away from the world. Sir John says it's for the princess's safety, but Victoria herself is convinced that it's to keep her lonely and unhappy. Torn between loyalty to her father and her growing friendship with the willful and passionate princess, Miss V has a decision to make: continue in silence or speak out. In an engaging, immersive tale, Lucy Worsley spins one of England’s best-known periods into a fresh and surprising story that will delight both young readers of historical fiction and fans of the television show featuring Victoria.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763688073
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 260,985
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Lucy Worsley is the chief curator at England's Historic Royal Palaces. She is the author of the novel Maid of the King’s Court as well as a presenter of programs on royalty and other topics for the BBC. Lucy Worsley lives in London.

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My Name Is Victoria 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
penultimatepage 8 months ago
A delightful reimagining of the history of young Queen Victoria. I am a huge fan of royals throughout history and this book is a great addition to that genre. Worsley paints a very clear picture of a sassy, impetuous young queen and her closest confidante Miss V. Most of the book focuses on the two girls quite early on in their lives, when they are about 11 to 14. For this reason, the book felt more aimed toward a middle grade audience. It was quite slow going for a while but also felt quite believable. Worsley had actually convinced me that this was the actual history of Queen Victoria and I was waiting for the twist. Worsley has done an impeccable job with intertwining actual history with fiction so that fake events were were made that much more believable. She paints a wonderful picture with her setting descriptions. I was easily able to imagine the layout of Kensington Palace and anywhere else the girls traveled. The twist at the end was a worthwhile payoff. I would love to see more from Worsley in the vein of a sequel or novella following up after where My Name is Victoria leaves off. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone with a bent for historical fiction, especially that of the British monarchy. Be prepared for a slow slug through the first half until it picks up pace, but definitely give it a chance.
SummerMondays 10 months ago
This book was surprisingly engaging showing a different side of the Kensington System, and the life that soon-to-be Queen Victoria lived prior to her reign. This is the fictional story of another Victoria, the daughter of a Victoria's advisor who is brought in to be a playmate for the young royal. Through her eyes we see what is happening in the royal family, the political intrigue that goes into protecting the heir to the throne as well as the power plays that people are willing to make. The book's author is intimately acquainted with the royal family's history and tells a richer story because of that. Additionally, the historical facts in the novel allow the reader to wonder about the ending? Is it what really happened? How would we know? I recommend this easy read for anyone interested in the time period, Queen Victoria, the royal family, the show Victoria, or just a good story about two girls from different worlds and how they can find friendship in even the strangest ways.