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Albert Is Dead And The Queen Is Preparing To Spend The Rest Of Her Life In Mourning Yet The Last Years Of Her Reign Are To Be Momentous YearsPalmerston, Then Gladstone And Disraeli, Govern Her Empire Through The High Noon Of Its HeydayThe Court At Windsor, Balmoral, Osborne Or Buckingham Palace Is Perpetually Shocked By The Prince Of Wales, Forever In Pursuit Of Horses, Women And Scandal, The Heady Harbinger Of Edwardian Years To Come

10 thoughts on “Widow of Windsor

  1. says:

    The 4th and final book In Jean Plaidy s, Queen Victoria series Excellent series that I want to recommend to any of you wanting to learn about Queen Victoria and her era.

  2. says:

    First sentence Mourning hung heavily over Windsor The Queen was stunned now and then her tears would cease and she would ask in a bewildered voice It s not true Tell me it s not true This time last year he was with us Oh God, how could this be I always believed we should go together Premise plot The Widow of Windsor chronicles the last decades of Queen Victoria s life, starting with the death of Prince Albert in 1861 and ending with her own death in 1901 The book does not focus on Queen Victoria alone, but also on her children, their spouses, and her grandchildren A marginal story line, in fact, despite the misleading book jacket, is the Queen s relationship with Mr John Brown Politics is never far from center stage either.My thoughts This one is well worth reading despite the melodramatic jacket copy The good news is that The Widow of Windsor is NOT the book described in the jacket copy I have taken to reading Plaidy s jacket copy in a certain voice in my head, starting with Jean Plaidy who is also Victoria Holt In the matter of The Widow of Windsor, it s dreadful She was the Queen She was a widow But she was also a woman How could you not read that in a melodramatic way I enjoyed reading this one very much I enjoyed learning about Bertie Edward VII and his wife Alix Alexandra Scandal was never far away from the Prince of Wales The book shows him at his best and worst Queen Victoria s other children are also very much present in the novel, though not all equally.

  3. says:

    The Widow of Windsor is the final book in the Victorians series, obviously covering the life of Queen Victoria and her family following the death of the Prince Consort, Prince Albert It s plain that Victoria never got over the death of her Sainted One , wearing black every day, even to weddings and state occasions Not only has Victoria got Albert s death to overcome but her son Bertie, and also Alfred to a degree, are up to no good with their merrymaking and undesirable company giving the Press plenty to gossip about Enter John Brown, the Queen s favourite Scottish servant from Balmoral who seemed to have a familiar relationship with the Queen than he should , a few Prime Ministers Gladstone, and Disraeli who seemed to hold a similar position in Victoria s heart as Lord Melbourne did just after she was crowned Queen and several wars which split the Queen s children as far as loyalties are concerned There are deaths, marriages, and an uncanny death on the anniversary of Prince Albert s demise.I have learned a lot from this series of books, and I personally think Jean Plaidy was one of the best authors of this genre Easy to read, hard to put down, it s a roller coaster ride, which in a way, makes one feel glad one is not Royal Highly recommended.

  4. says:

    I loved Jean Plaidy s book series about Queen Victoria and this final one dealing with the latter years of her life after Albert s death So much happened during this time period too and loved getting to learn about her children as they became adults, her relationships with John Brown and Benjamin Disraeli, various other historical people and events, and how her grandchildren would sadly start WWI Looking forward to checking out Jean s other historical novels now.

  5. says:

    The widow of WindsorJean Plaidy has kept me interested in history and the way she has written this book of four about Victoria and A bert has kept me fixed to the very end I recommend Jean Plaidy to anybody who wants to read

  6. says:

    Excellent historical fiction I suspect it lifts so much from diaries and letters that it s barely fictionalized at all.It really brings to life the historical figures that usually just flit by as names without personalities.

  7. says:

    This is the first book I have read by this author and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book I found it very interesting and I learned a tonne about the Royal Family during this time in history I was intrigued to see people who had been characters in other books I have read, play a role in this book giving a new perspective on the person.

  8. says:

    This era is never going to be as interesting as plagnets or tudors Its one of the sad books where she mourns for albert and everyone passes away Enjoy that it mentions the children who are now grown up plus the grandchildren but you might neex tissues

  9. says:

    so sad

  10. says:

    I m done with this author She needed a good editor