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Queen Victoria The Queen of Great Britain and Ireland for 63 years, the mother of nine children and grandmother to 42, Queen Victoria’s life was one of magnificent proportions. Victoria’s childhood was difficult and lonely but from the time she took the throne aged just eighteen she blossomed into a powerful woman, both frivolous and formidable. Inside you will read ab Queen Victoria The Queen of Great Britain and Ireland for 63 years, the mother of nine children and grandmother to 42, Queen Victoria’s life was one of magnificent proportions. Victoria’s childhood was difficult and lonely but from the time she took the throne aged just eighteen she blossomed into a powerful woman, both frivolous and formidable. Inside you will read about... ✓ An Unsentimental Marriage ✓ Race to Produce an Heir ✓ Finally an Adult and Finally a Queen ✓ V&A ✓ Die Shattenseite ✓ The Hungry Forties and Albert’s Great Exhibition ✓ The Widow at Windsor And much more! In her later years, Victoria struggled to find balance between her wish to live a very private life as a widow and her duty to live the very public life of a Queen and later Empress. The world Victoria was born into was a very different world to that which she left behind and her life story is an incredible journey from infant heir to matriarchal Queen and Empress.


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Queen Victoria The Queen of Great Britain and Ireland for 63 years, the mother of nine children and grandmother to 42, Queen Victoria’s life was one of magnificent proportions. Victoria’s childhood was difficult and lonely but from the time she took the throne aged just eighteen she blossomed into a powerful woman, both frivolous and formidable. Inside you will read ab Queen Victoria The Queen of Great Britain and Ireland for 63 years, the mother of nine children and grandmother to 42, Queen Victoria’s life was one of magnificent proportions. Victoria’s childhood was difficult and lonely but from the time she took the throne aged just eighteen she blossomed into a powerful woman, both frivolous and formidable. Inside you will read about... ✓ An Unsentimental Marriage ✓ Race to Produce an Heir ✓ Finally an Adult and Finally a Queen ✓ V&A ✓ Die Shattenseite ✓ The Hungry Forties and Albert’s Great Exhibition ✓ The Widow at Windsor And much more! In her later years, Victoria struggled to find balance between her wish to live a very private life as a widow and her duty to live the very public life of a Queen and later Empress. The world Victoria was born into was a very different world to that which she left behind and her life story is an incredible journey from infant heir to matriarchal Queen and Empress.

30 review for Queen Victoria: A Life From Beginning to End

  1. 5 out of 5

    Labijose

    Nice one hour introduction to one of the most popular English Queens.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Apollo Hesiod

    A very fascinating woman, will read more about her.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Enjoyed this brief history on a worthy Queen!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sulie

    Hourly history does a great job of covering many details in this overview of Queen Victoria's life.. it is informative and an easy read. She was a unique and strong willed woman, with unique views. I found it interesting that though she had 9 children she did not really care for mother hood, and had complicated relationships with her children. In her life she suffered much pain and loss, particularly when she lost her beloved husband Albert. A lot of enormous changes took place during Victoria's Hourly history does a great job of covering many details in this overview of Queen Victoria's life.. it is informative and an easy read. She was a unique and strong willed woman, with unique views. I found it interesting that though she had 9 children she did not really care for mother hood, and had complicated relationships with her children. In her life she suffered much pain and loss, particularly when she lost her beloved husband Albert. A lot of enormous changes took place during Victoria's reign.. She saw much change in the British monarchy and empire, I enjoyed learning more about her reading this and it has sparked me to want to read MORE about her...

  5. 5 out of 5

    EvilWebBoy

    Queen Victoria: A Life From Beginning to End by Hourly History I'll usually read something about historical time periods, then follow up with another book about the same era. In this case I finished Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets: An Audible Original. I realized I knew nothing about Queen Victoria , and this quick read helped bring me up to speed.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    Born on May 24, 1819, at Kensington Palace to Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent and Strathearn and Princess Victoire of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld Victoria was born fifth in line to the throne of England. She was preceded by the Prince Regent, the Duke of York, the Duke of Clarence, and her father, the Duke of Kent, making the chance that she would succeed to the throne very small. Victoria’s childhood was far from happy. Raised by her German speaking mother, Princess Victoire, at the age of eleven, she Born on May 24, 1819, at Kensington Palace to Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent and Strathearn and Princess Victoire of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld Victoria was born fifth in line to the throne of England. She was preceded by the Prince Regent, the Duke of York, the Duke of Clarence, and her father, the Duke of Kent, making the chance that she would succeed to the throne very small. Victoria’s childhood was far from happy. Raised by her German speaking mother, Princess Victoire, at the age of eleven, she had no command of the English language and living in virtual solitude, had very few social skills. In England, with a rise in xenophobia, this wasn’t a good position for a future monarch. Upon the death of her father in 1820, her mother started grooming her to be queen. King William IV was in poor health and Victoria’s mother had hopes of being regent until Victoria came of age. Her plans fell through as King William lived long enough to leave the monarchy directly over to Victoria. I was interested to read about the influence Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert had over the Queen. It seemed to me to be rather out of character and much different than after his death in 1861. Queen Victoria reigned for sixty-three years and seven months. Until Queen Elizabeth II past this milestone, she was the longest reigning monarch. Because of the various marriages of her many children, she earned the sobriquet of “The Grandmother of Europe.” Victoria was more than a queen. Under her reign England was first transformed into Great Britain and then the British Empire; with possessions spanning the world. Starting out as an unhappy princess, she was made a queen and then raised with the title of Empress of India. Victoria represented an age, spanning from colonization through the industrial revolution. This book is a short history of a great life. I can only recommend that you enjoy it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    John Manley

    Within the first few pages of this book the phrase 'it does what it says on the tin' came to mind. A straightforward factual account of the key events in Victoria's life. But part way through, the narrative gained more depth, and more complexity. This is a small history book attempting to burst out of the confines of its hour. A good introduction that left me wanting to delve deeper . It also inspired me to commence an 1863 quotation collection: "Victoria’s personal physician Sir James Clark record Within the first few pages of this book the phrase 'it does what it says on the tin' came to mind. A straightforward factual account of the key events in Victoria's life. But part way through, the narrative gained more depth, and more complexity. This is a small history book attempting to burst out of the confines of its hour. A good introduction that left me wanting to delve deeper . It also inspired me to commence an 1863 quotation collection: "Victoria’s personal physician Sir James Clark recorded that he feared for Victoria’s sanity in 1863, and there were some who thought that Victoria had inherited the “madness” that had taken hold of George III, Victoria’s grandfather. " A collection that one day will find its home here- https://navsbooks.wordpress.com/2015/...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Abdur Rehman

    This book is combination of British history of golden era of the United kingdom. The narrative style of the writer is admirable like the reader feel being watching every thing happening in front of his eyes.le I wanted to read a book on real life of the great monarchy of all times. I thank the writer of his talents and observation to depict even very minor things to show the real personality.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    As advertised, you get a history lesson in an hour. I certainly had heard of Queen Victoria before I read this book, but that was about it. Now I know a lot more about her, and her impact on the royal family, and all it took was a lunch time read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Barnes

    Beautiful I think everyone would like a romance like Victoria and Albert. She has been a huge influence on History. Beautifully written

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    No doubt, this literally took less than an hour to read. It was the Cliff Notes of Victoria's life, so it barely skimmed the surface. Other than needing a good proofreader, it met the requirements.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shauna Johnston

    Concise, easy to read history of Queen Victoria.

  13. 5 out of 5

    TERRI ANDERSON

    Well written I always enjoy books abut queenVictoria. This was short but good .good for history buffs. Wis it was longer .

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nancy C Walker

    The book is marketed as a 1-hour read that covers the entirety of Victoria's life. This isn't exactly accurate. First, Victoria was the longest reigning Monarch in England to date, which makes condensing her life into a 1-hour read impractical. The sheer amount of information covers more than 2 hours if there is to be any understanding of who she was. I was unable to read the entire thing in 1 hour and I average reading books with 30 chapters in less than 4. The problem has more to do with the w The book is marketed as a 1-hour read that covers the entirety of Victoria's life. This isn't exactly accurate. First, Victoria was the longest reigning Monarch in England to date, which makes condensing her life into a 1-hour read impractical. The sheer amount of information covers more than 2 hours if there is to be any understanding of who she was. I was unable to read the entire thing in 1 hour and I average reading books with 30 chapters in less than 4. The problem has more to do with the way the content is presented than the actual length of the book. The content is broken up by the timeline of Victoria's life, but it also attempts to tell the story of that life. The rushed nature of the story left me feeling like this was a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew. While my knowledge of the royal families history is admittedly limited, this left Victoria with no redeeming qualities at all. It was ambitious to think that the full history of any monarch can be conveyed in an hour or less and this book is no exception. The actual facts and dates are lost, and the narrative plays out as a tragedy. The compressed data makes the story feel rushed and harsh. Additionally, the run-on sentences and poor editing do not help.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Patsy

    Queen Victoria was a small woman 4 feet, 11 inches tall and strong willed, she became Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland for 63 years and 7 months from June 20, 1837 until her death in 1901. Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, her first cousin in 1840, Queen Victoria was 16 years old. Prince Albert couldn't propose to her so she proposed to him. They had nine (9) children and 42 grandchildren, a very large family. Prince Albert died at the age of 4 Queen Victoria was a small woman 4 feet, 11 inches tall and strong willed, she became Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland for 63 years and 7 months from June 20, 1837 until her death in 1901. Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, her first cousin in 1840, Queen Victoria was 16 years old. Prince Albert couldn't propose to her so she proposed to him. They had nine (9) children and 42 grandchildren, a very large family. Prince Albert died at the age of 42 in 1861. Queen Victoria carried on the duties of Queen during the Industrial Revolution of Great Britain; experiencing the industry expansion, building railroads, bridges, building underground sewers, advancing in science, inventions, and growth in large cities. Also expanding it's imperial encompassing Canada, Australia, Africa and the South Pacific. A quote: The Sun never sets on the British Empire'. Queen Victoria died in 1901, Victoria's son King Edward VII succeeded her British Throne. This was a very interesting book, it was loaded with facts and interesting stories throughout. I would recommend this to everyone, it's an easy to read interesting hourly history book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Madelon

    Hourly History provides snippets of history that can be read in about an hour. In this short biography of Queen Victoria you will get a glimpse of the woman who reigned over Great Britain and its Empire for more than 60 years. Her life was tempestuous from beginning to end. From conception to coronation was a time of political intrigue to insure a particular lineage ascend the throne. She ascended the throne at the age of 18, ruled for just under 64 years, and died at the age of 81. Her life spa Hourly History provides snippets of history that can be read in about an hour. In this short biography of Queen Victoria you will get a glimpse of the woman who reigned over Great Britain and its Empire for more than 60 years. Her life was tempestuous from beginning to end. From conception to coronation was a time of political intrigue to insure a particular lineage ascend the throne. She ascended the throne at the age of 18, ruled for just under 64 years, and died at the age of 81. Her life spanned two centuries. She had nine children. This short treatise on her life touches upon her marriage to Albert and her subsequent widowhood, which consumed a great deal of her life. When I think of Victorian England, my thoughts tend toward Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper; the stories of both attract me like a moth to a flame. This book only touches upon the elements that make these two so timeless without ever mentioning either. Think of VICTORIA: A LIFE FROM BEGINNING TO END as a jumping off point in the study of her monarchy and the period of history that bears her name.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    The book covers the life of Queen Victoria. It notes that early in her reign she didn't know much about politics. It also says there were three attempts to assassinate her. A good part of the book deals with her relationship with Alfred, her husband. The book notes that he spoke this of his wife: '...her essential character is deeply flawed.' It goes into how Alfred did not want to be just a consort but wanted actual power and how he maneuvered things so that he got just that, part of his idea b The book covers the life of Queen Victoria. It notes that early in her reign she didn't know much about politics. It also says there were three attempts to assassinate her. A good part of the book deals with her relationship with Alfred, her husband. The book notes that he spoke this of his wife: '...her essential character is deeply flawed.' It goes into how Alfred did not want to be just a consort but wanted actual power and how he maneuvered things so that he got just that, part of his idea being to keep Victoria pregnant as much as possible, removing her from the daily business of the Crown. He seemed to have some kind of Svengali-type hold over her.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tranylle

    This was a very brief history of Queen Victoria. I clearly don't remember learning anything about her in school, and was very fascinated by this. I'm not sure why she was so in love with Prince Albert, considering how controlling and verbally abusive he was. It's interesting that the author states a few times how influential Queen Victoria was, when for most of her reign she let Albert handle everything, and after his death stayed in seclusion for many years. She had a terrible upbringing, so it This was a very brief history of Queen Victoria. I clearly don't remember learning anything about her in school, and was very fascinated by this. I'm not sure why she was so in love with Prince Albert, considering how controlling and verbally abusive he was. It's interesting that the author states a few times how influential Queen Victoria was, when for most of her reign she let Albert handle everything, and after his death stayed in seclusion for many years. She had a terrible upbringing, so it's hard to fault her for how she turned out. I want to find a more in depth history to get a better idea of her life.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    In this 'snapshot' of Queen Victoria's life, it seems she was a woman of many contradictions. Her public life (and Reign) versus her seclusion; her love for, possible subservience to Albert; her difficult relationships, yet dependence on her children-- all make her out to be a very complex individual. Prior to reading this edition, I knew of the great love story between Victoria and Albert but this suggests it wasn't nearly the storybook romance of folklore. When I have time, I hope to read more In this 'snapshot' of Queen Victoria's life, it seems she was a woman of many contradictions. Her public life (and Reign) versus her seclusion; her love for, possible subservience to Albert; her difficult relationships, yet dependence on her children-- all make her out to be a very complex individual. Prior to reading this edition, I knew of the great love story between Victoria and Albert but this suggests it wasn't nearly the storybook romance of folklore. When I have time, I hope to read more about her as this only gives a glimpse into her life and reign as Queen of England.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Terri Gostola

    I learned a lot about Queen Victoria, and I also learned there was a lot about her that made her unlikable in my eyes. I don't like how she treated her children, or how she behaved like a victim during her pregnancies, or how she allowed her husband Albert to push her around. But the basic facts are in this biography. She lived 81 years and ruled as the queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland for 63 years, 7 months. She had nine children and 42 grandchildren. She mourned the los I learned a lot about Queen Victoria, and I also learned there was a lot about her that made her unlikable in my eyes. I don't like how she treated her children, or how she behaved like a victim during her pregnancies, or how she allowed her husband Albert to push her around. But the basic facts are in this biography. She lived 81 years and ruled as the queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland for 63 years, 7 months. She had nine children and 42 grandchildren. She mourned the loss of her husband, murmuring his name as she died.

  21. 4 out of 5

    marna Onorato

    Great way to experience history Reading these hourly history books has brought me to really appreciate and enjoy history. Having to take history courses over 50 years ago was all about memorizing dates. Now as I work on my genealogy I am finding great enjoyment in reading history books that go along with the ancestors I am researching. Not having to wade through all the minutia that some authors get bogged down with has allowed me to come to actually enjoy reading history stories from a personal Great way to experience history Reading these hourly history books has brought me to really appreciate and enjoy history. Having to take history courses over 50 years ago was all about memorizing dates. Now as I work on my genealogy I am finding great enjoyment in reading history books that go along with the ancestors I am researching. Not having to wade through all the minutia that some authors get bogged down with has allowed me to come to actually enjoy reading history stories from a personal point of view.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mark Laufenberg

    The book was informative as far as covering her early and middle age life. It seems that she spent the first half or more of her 63 year reign having children, being subservient to her husband Prince Albert, and mourning his death for the rest of her life. You didn't learn that much about what she herself did as monarch and how many noteworthy things occurred throughout her reign until the conclusion.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amit

    A well crafted short note of a book on one of the most imposing world figures of 19th century. The book though captures the essence of her life - hasn’t been proof read with diligence. Prince Albert is shown to be unpopular before the Crimean war - but the date recorded is 1843...Similarly Victoria appears to be lonely at 46 after the death of Brown - which again is historically inaccurate. The book needs a review on datelines.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ann Doerffel

    Quick History of Queen Victoria As a lover of history, the Hourly History series gives you a quick review of historical topics. The one on Queen Victoria was fascinating. As one of Britain's longest reigning monarchs, she gave her name to a period of history. A question, I always had was - as grandmother of Europe - why couldn't World War 1 have been prevented. I know a lot of other issues were involved but just think about. It is an excellent review of her life.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carla

    Enjoyed 5his quick read I am not a history buff, but do want to understand history to an extent because we are where we are because of the past. Therefore, I am always looking for a cliffsnotes version of history. These 1 hour history reads are perfect and give me all the details I need to grasp the topic.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    Not a bad read. While it does do a good job of covering major events in Victoria's life, I felt like overall it was a bit biased. To be fair it's hard to have a biography that isn't and manages to be more than just a listing of facts, but still. I personally wish the section about Albert and his political career was shortened as I found it a bit boring, but I'm sure others will enjoy it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Good, short read. This was an easy read that I completed in one sitting. Though I would have liked to have read more of the queen's written words, I feel I was given a big picture view of her life.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rob Fulton

    Appreciate the brevity and focus on the salient points of Victoria's life. Recently visited the Victoria collection at Kensington... this book provided deeper perspective that complimented our visit.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Extremely brief, but provided a quick overview of Queen Victoria. I spotted a few grammatical and punctuation errors. I hope that the facts were checked better. Still, I'm glad I read it as I gained a better understanding of what happened during her reign.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cindi

    Truly an hour long Definitely not your 8th grade teacher's boring recital of history. Gives enough detail to remain exciting, but never had those long lengthy passages that make you want to nap.

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