Queen Victoria

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Harcourt, Brace, 1921 - Great Britain - 434 pages
Lytton Strachey's acclaimed portrayal of Queen Victoria revolutionised the art of biography by using elements of romantic fiction and melodrama to create a warm, humorous and very human portrait of this iconic figure. We see Victoria as a strong-willed child with a famous temper, as the 18-year-old girl queen, as a monarch, wife, mother and widow. Equally fascinating are the depictions of her relationships: with her governess "precious Lehzen", with Peel, Gladstone and Disraeli, with her beloved Albert and, in later life, her legendary devotion to her Highland servant John Brown.

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User Review  - kaulsu - LibraryThing

Quite readable. I need to research why it was republished in 2013. Strachey made it quite plain that he didn't think much of Victoria R. But was quite happy with Albert. Coming to this book with not ... Read full review

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User Review  - tess_schoolmarm - LibraryThing

[Lytton Strachey]'s biography of Queen Victoria is not over the top in minute details. It is written more as a narrative or novel and is quite an enjoyable read. I do wish there was more information ... Read full review

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Page 347 - You have heard me called a flatterer," he said to Matthew Arnold, "and it is true. Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.
Page 193 - So much I feel my genial spirits droop, My hopes all flat, nature within me seems In all her functions weary of herself ; My race of glory run, and race of shame, And I shall shortly be with them that rest.
Page 122 - I was calm but very decided, and I think you would have been pleased to see my composure and great firmness ; the Queen of England will not submit to such trickery. Keep yourself in readiness, for you may soon be wanted.
Page 85 - Wise wretch ! with pleasures too refined to please ; With too much spirit to be e'er at ease; With too much quickness ever to be taught; With too much thinking to have common thought: You purchase pain with all that joy can give, And die of nothing but a rage to live.
Page 363 - Oh, if the Queen were a man, she would like to go and give those Russians, whose word one cannot believe, such a beating! We shall never be friends again till we have it out. This the Queen feels sure of.
Page 420 - From my heart I thank my beloved people. May God bless them!
Page 410 - The Queen is most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write to join in checking this mad, wicked folly of ' Woman's Rights,' with all its attendant horrors, on which her poor feeble sex is bent, forgetting every sense of womanly feeling and propriety.
Page 268 - We had gone so far forty miles, at least twenty on horseback. We had decided to call ourselves Lord and Lady Churchill and party, Lady Churchill passing as Miss Spencer, and General Grey as Dr. Grey! Brown once forgot this, and called me "Your Majesty...
Page 304 - I am also anxious to repeat one thing, and that one is my firm resolve, my irrevocable decision, viz. that his wishes - his plans - about everything, his views about every thing are to be my law\ And no human power will make me swerve from what he decided and wished - and I look to you to support and help me in this.
Page 69 - Since it has pleased Providence to place me in this station, I shall do my utmost to fulfill my duty towards my country; I am very young, and perhaps in many, though not in all things, inexperienced; but I am sure that very few have more real good will and more real desire to do what is fit and right than I have.

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