January 19, 2017

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 9:06 pm by suebe2

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by Daisy Goodwin
St. Martin’s Press

Alexandrina was 15 years-old when she realized that she would probably become Queen of England.  Although she didn’t dread her fate, she did worry.  What did she know about ruling?  Would her Uncle George live until she turned 18?  Because if he didn’t she would have to have a regent and Drina, as her mother called her, knew that it would be her mother’s advisor Lord Conroy.

Fortunately, King George didn’t die until after his niece had turned 18.  In addition to ruling with only a handful of trusted advisors, she was able to choose the name that would be used at the coronation.  Against the advice of Lord Conroy, she chose her middle name — Victoria.

Author Daisy Goodwin has crafted a novel of the first year or so of Queen Victoria’s reign.  Yes, it is fiction but it is carefully researched and meshes with the nonfiction that I’ve read about the time period and the queen.  Goodwin is also the author of the script for the Masterpiece presentation, Victoria.

Strictly speaking this is not a young adult novel but it has a lot to offer a young reader.

The queen was a teenager when she took the throne. She had never been able to choose her own friends, her own clothing or her own studies.  This was a huge shift for her.  It was interesting to see how she met the various challenges.  I’d love to say that she met them all with grace and wisdom but . . . not really.  Still, she was a well-meaning person and she often learned from her mistakes.

Because this is an adult novel, the emphasis is somewhat different from it would be if it was written for teens.  But that isn’t what may seem the strangest.  There was also a big push for Victoria to marry.  The concern was that an unmarried girl would be too frivolous to rule.  Her head and her thoughts would be too easily swayed.  A husband would settle her right down. I know, I know.  It seems asinine today but this story is written true to the time.

It is a quick easy read that would make a top-notch introduction to this amazing woman.   A woman who gave her middle name to an era.

–SueBE

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