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A Fresh Biography Of The Resolute, Diminutive Queen Who Emerged As The Defining Symbol Of Her Age While The Forces Of Social, Economic, And Religious Changes Swirled About Her The Queen S Extraordinary Life And Reign Stand Out Against A Backdrop Of Victorian Era Squalor, Vice Ridden Slums, And Tragic Miscalculations All Brought Together In An Historical Narrative That Reads Like A Lively Fiction BW Photos Illustrations Libro interessante che per non approfondisce molto la lunga vita della regina Le informazioni che vengono date rimangono superficiali, come se si volesse dare una panoramica veloce sulla vita di questa grande regina. The book starts as most bios of Victoria sharing the background of the Hanoverian kings and her sheltered childhood with her mother, the Duchess of Kent, and her controller, Conroy At the age of eighteen she ascended the throne and took control of her life Except she didn t, because she fell into the pit of belief that women needed a man to rule them, so she in turn depended on her prime ministers and her husband, Albert, as well as her uncle,Leopold, and an advisor, Stockmar, to advise her in her decision, until eventually Albert opened all dispatches, drafted all memoranda, and placed documents in front of her for her to sign Victoria was a creature of overweening emotion, crying and throwing tantrums at the drop of the hat She berated her husband and children After Albert s death she became even controlling, especially of the Prince of Wales, reflecting the overbearing behavior of her guardians of her youth Bertie, the heir apparent, inherited the dissolute genes of the George s, and Victoria was beside herself with outrage and grief This grief ruled her life for many years, and in fact she wore mourning black the rest of her days Eventually she found the will to visit her subjects again at social functions and state presentations as well as the will to live This will to live would not have been complete without the requisite strong men, men she again became unhealthfully attached to and lost her much esteem As time passed she loosed the reins on her foreign box to Bertie and allowed him autonomy She lost herself in the lives of her grandchildren and became a prolific letter writer At the time of her death her family surrounded her and she was buried with numerous mementoes Erickson wrote an impressive overview of Victoria s life I ve read a few detailed books on her life If one is looking for a summary of events, this is perfect I was distressed that the catalyst of Albert s death was not named as his wintry, rainy walk with Bertie about his profligate behavior Also, the murder spree of Whitechapel was barely mentioned as an inconvenience I typically appreciate Alison Weir over Erikson She hasn t written about Victoria though. The last 100 pages or so are far gratifying than the first 100 There s a lot of speculative she must have felt garbage than I felt was warranted Compared to the fantastically written and researched biography of Abigail Adams by Lynne Withey I read the week before, this one is pretty lame Erickson even went so far as to put in quotations of what she thought Victoria would have said That s just tacky Most frustrating was the fact that I never really knew what was fact and what was speculation Erickson should have written a biographical novel instead of a non fiction biography, and based on what I read, it would have been much better than this.Short version there has to be a better version of her life than this. I rather liked this lively biography of Queen Victoria As I ve read a small mountain of books sixty or so about her, many of which would be exceedingly dull and plodding for someone less obsessed with the subject than myself, it was very refreshing to find a biography that concentrated less on the weighty political issues of the era and on Victoria as a person.Though this book does tend to concentrate on Victoria s bad points, it felt to me as if the author had researched the queen and found a great deal of negative information and was putting it down somewhat reluctantly, as I thought she had a genuine liking for her subject.After many weighty tomes, this was a nice bit of light relief to curl up with a nice cup of tea and a biscuit with, but don t take it as an excessively scholarly volume Mind you, any book called Her Little Majesty is unlikely to be placed alongside the biographies of Elizabeth Longford or Cecil Woodham Smith.