How many of you have watched the PBS series Victoria? This show is based on Queen Victoria of England. She was one of England’s longest reigning monarchs. At the library we have many opportunities to explore the various lives of women. Daisy Goodwin has, in her latest book Victoria, created a great a companion to the PBS program.
I find it so fascinating to read about another life. One that I will never experience. What is it like to be royal or a head of state? What constrictions does it place on one’s life? Can they truly have the freedom to marry who they choose or live where they want to?
Victoria became queen after her two uncles died with no heir. Her early life was spent at Kensington Palace. Where she often felt like a prisoner. Upon her uncle the King of England’s death she achieved the throne and her independence. What kind of monarch would she become? Who would her husband be?
Ms. Goodwin also introduces us to other characters such as: Lord Melbourne (Lord M), the Duchess of Kent, Sir John Conroy, King Leopold of Belgium, and Prince Albert. There are many others as well.
Readers will fly through the pages of the fabulous book on Victoria. The library has other books on Victoria listed here:
We also have books that follow the lives of other monarchs of England who also are featured on current television shows, such as The Crown and The White Princess. If you are not familiar with The Crown it follows the rise of Elizabeth II to the throne of England. It also delves into the personal lives of the Queen and her family. The White Princess on the other hand follows the conclusion of the War of the Roses or the Cousins War. It follows the perspective of the young princess Elizabeth of York.
Other titles include:
Young Elizabeth: the Making of a Queen by Kate Wililams