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Queen Victoria

by G. Lytton Strachey
424 pages, Biography/History
Reviewed by Sylvana Atlanta

Very good book and highly recommended for those who like history.

Plot

Strachey's 1921 biography of Queen Victoria was unlike his more biting Eminent Victorians (1918: Florence Nightingale was one of its subjects). The anecdotal style and clear affection for the subject make this work a landmark biography.

Strachey's view of Queen Victoria has significantly shaped public and scholarly perception of her life and reign; even if more recent research questions some of his assumptions, the work is good insight into how Victoria has been perceived and why.

Morality

From a very young age Queen (princess at the time) Victoria knew that she was "special"; her mother took great care in preparing Victoria to be a good queen. As soon as young Victoria became queen she put her people first and her people loved her for this.

Spiritual Content

There is very little spiritual content beyond his brief references to her strong belief in God and her strict attendance to church.

Violence

The closest thing to violence is when they talk of the times that people tried to assassinate Queen Victoria, but this was brief and I found nothing at all wrong with them.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None.

Conclusion

I found this to be a very good book and would definitely recommend it to others. I haven't done a lot of research on Queen Victoria, but from what I have done it was a very accurate narrative. I loved the way Mr. Strachey was able to get a lot of detail in the book without making it overwhelming.

Fun Score: 3.5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: adult

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