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‘Excellent and deserves to be widely read … Fluent, accomplished, pleasantly written, lit by flashes of wit.’ The Sunday Times
Described by her contemporary Charles Greville as ‘the most interesting mind and character in the world’, Queen Victoria remains a fascinating, often contradictory figure. Giles St Aubyn’s masterly and critically acclaimed biography is above all a study of her personality, focusing on her family life, her relations with Ministers and servants, her tastes, beliefs and character traits, to give a fresh understanding of a remarkable woman and a great monarch.
‘Long, thorough and penetrating … a wise, witty, insightful, detached perspective on the whole period …as much a triumph of organisation as it is of erudition.’ Financial Times
‘A meticulously accurate biographer … those who are already experts on Queen Victoria will still find much in this book to interest them.’ The Times
‘Passes the three tests all biographies have to meet: it is well-written, scholarly, and it is psychologically penetrating.’ Glasgow Herald
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