I am so excited that Masterpiece: Victoria returns for another season on PBS, this Sunday, January 14. I am in love with this show! It is such a great biographical adaptation that tells the beginning years of Queen Victoria’s reign. The show is not only entertaining and engrossing, but informative. It gives audiences a chance to learn more about this iconic monarch.I have always been interested in Queen Victoria’s life. I tried to read as much information about her. I just finde her to be such an interesting historical figure. So, if you are like me and want to learn more about Queen Victoria, here are some good book recommendations that will make you become an expert:
A fascinating, provocative and authoritative new biography of Queen Victoria which will make us see her in a new light, from one of Australia’s most admired and respected journalists and commentators, Julia Baird.
I am reading this right now and it is a great read so far!
Becoming Queen Victoria by Kate Williams
Writing with a combination of novelistic flair and historical precision, Williams reveals an energetic and vibrant woman in the prime of her life, while chronicling the byzantine machinations behind Victoria’s struggle to occupy the throne—scheming that continued even after the crown was placed on her head.
An great, detailed perspective on a rare glimpse into how Princess Charlotte’s tragic led to Queen Victoria’s majestic beginning
We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals by Gillian Gill
As Gill shows, the marriage of Victoria and Albert was great not because it was perfect but because it was passionate and complicated. Wonderfully nuanced, surprising, often acerbic–and informed by revealing excerpts from the pair’s journals and letters–We Two is a revolutionary portrait of a queen and her prince, a fascinating modern perspective on a couple who have become a legend.
My favorite Victoria biography so far! A real in-depth look into one of the world’s most iconic marriages.
A Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert, and the Death That Changed the British Monarchy by Helen Rappaport
Drawing on many letters, diaries and memoirs from the Royal Archives and other neglected sources, as well as the newspapers of the day, Rappaport offers a new perspective on this compelling historical psychodrama—the crucial final months of the prince’s life and the first long, dark ten years of the Queen’s retreat from public view. She draws a portrait of a queen obsessed with her living husband and – after his death – with his enduring place in history.
Heartbreaking but powerful biography on how Queen Victoria coped with the death of Albert
The Last Princess: The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria’s Youngest Daughter by Matthew Dennison
“An engrossing biography of Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter that focuses on her relationship with her willful mother—a powerful and insightful look into two women of signifcant importance and infuence in world history.”
Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
Why not read the book written by the creator and writer of the hit TV show!
Victoria’s Daughters by Jerrold M. Packard
“Vicky, Alice, Helena, and Beatrice were historically unique sisters, born to a sovereign who ruled over a quarter of the earth’s people and who gave her name to an era: Queen Victoria. Two of these princesses would themselves produce children of immense consequence. All five would curiously come to share many of the social restrictions and familial machinations borne by nineteenth-century women of less-exulted class.”
Victoria: Portrait of a Queen by Catherine Reef
“Catherine Reef brings history vividly to life in this sumptuously illustrated account of a confident, strong-minded, and influential woman.”
Perfect for parents of young readers who to give them an introductory exposure to Queen Victoria.
Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy by Paul Thomas Murphy
“During Queen Victoria’s 64-year reign, no fewer than eight attempts were made on her life. Murphy follows each would-be assassin and the repercussions of their actions, illuminating daily life in Victorian England, the development of the monarchy under Queen Victoria and the evolution of the attacks in light of evolving social issues and technology.”
Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria by Julia P. Gelardi
“Julia Gelardi’s Born to Rule is the powerful epic story of five royal granddaughters of Queen Victoria, who reigned over the end of their empires, the destruction of their families, and the tumult of the twentieth century”