Queen Victoria: a Personal History Book Summary and Study Guide

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The first part of this book covers the 42 years from her birth to the death of her husband Albert, Prince Consort, including her parents (her father Edward, Duke of Kent, who died when she was only eight months old), her coronation, the grossly-mismanaged Flora Hastings scandal, the wedding, the Great Exhibition, and her troubled relationship with the Prince of Wales, 'the disappointing heir'.
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After she is widowed, the treatment becomes less strictly chronological and more thematic, with chapters on her favourite prime minister Disraeli, her Highland servant John Brown, 'the royalty question' (discontent with the monarchy during the mid and late 1860s), her sons, daughters and grandchildren, and the triumphant jubilee celebrations of 1887 and 1897.

By skilful selection of quotations from her letters and diaries, and a wealth of detail, Hibbert captures her often contradictory personality - petulant, ill-tempered and selfish one moment, calm, wise and generous the next.

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Plot & Themes

Royalty bio    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1600-1899

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion Century:    -   19th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A ton 16-20 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   76%-100% of book

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