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Victoria Victorious by Jean Plaidy

Victoria Victorious (1985)

by Jean Plaidy

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The life of Queen Victoria, as well as the awesome expansion of the British Empire during her sixty-four-year reign, is recreated in this historical epic.



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This is a fictional biography of Queen Victoria. She had an unhappy childhood, but she married someone she loved (Albert), they had 9 children, who all lived.

This is a long book. It’s only the second book I’ve read on Queen Victoria, the first was only a month ago, and also written by Plaidy, but that one only included her childhood (there are sequels to that, so I will continue, but with larger gaps in between). Most of what I’ve read about British royalty was from the Tudors and earlier on, so 300+ years earlier. Some differences that happened in between included Royals being able to choose their spouses, and I found it interesting how much travel they did to see each other after Victoria’s children moved away to other countries. England now also had a Prime Minister, so decisions were not made by the monarchy, though they were discussed between the PM and the monarchy.

It was interesting to learn about Queen Victoria, as well as the different world that England had become over 300 years. I’m not sure, historically, how her husband, Albert, is regarded, but I was not a big fan, given how he’s described in this book. Victoria loved him, but I didn’t like him much. I found her family life (both as a child, and as an adult) more interesting than the politics in the book. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jun 23, 2019 |
I am very well aware of Albert's influence on Victoria, but after a while the writing about their relationship got nauseating. ( )
  Sareene | Oct 22, 2016 |
Nope. Un-unh. Sigh. This was another book that I started completely willing to love it, and it disappointed greatly. I think I really wanted to like it because Jean Plaidy is such a prolific author and I like most of the subject matter she treats (various historical British royalty). But I was so put out that I’m not sure I can give her another go.

Victoria Victorious is a novel covering the life of Queen Victoria. Now, admittedly, Plaidy uses one of my least favorite story-telling devices–the journal, and maybe that’s the source of my discontent. Or maybe it’s just Vicky herself. What a lorded over weenie. I could understand it more if she had been the first queen of England–she might legitimately feel like she would still have to be a shrinking violet. But jeez mon! Elizabeth I sort of set it up for Vicky to feel free to let her loose. And she was so, so… excessively disappointing. Was there any point in her life where she wasn’t completely governed by some man that she revered? Sigh.

So, maybe Plaidy doesn’t suck if I come out of the book hating Vicky as much as I did?? Couldn’t she have condensed it though? Seriously, it went on and on and on and on and on … you get the idea. The diary format let it feel like one endless whine. And the inability to cut that puppy down will likely be what stops me from reading anything further from Plaidy.

I can’t think of more to rant on. It was marginal. If you’re a Victoria fan, stay away from it, Plaidy clearly thinks similarly to me on the level of Vicky’s weenieness.

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  mullgirl | Jun 8, 2015 |
Although not my favorite book by Plaidy (I prefer the Tudor era), she did a great job detailing Victoria's story. Victoria didn't always come across as the most likable of characters, but it was interesting to examine her motives. A good read. ( )
  ladraove | Oct 27, 2011 |
Setting: It’s 1837 and Queen Victoria has just inherited the English throne from her Uncle William and for the first time in her life she feels a since of freedom.

Synopsis: Ever since Victoria was a little girl she was constantly watched and never allowed to be a lone for a second. Her mother, the Duchess of Kent, saw Victoria as her ticket to becoming the Regent of England and ruling until Victoria became of age to rule England herself. Victoria felt like a prisoner in her Kensington Palace where her mother dictated her life. Everything grew dark when Victoria’s mother brought in Sir John Conroy to take control of the household. Victoria did not trust him at all. She knew Sir John had motives of his own and wanted to rule England through her mother if she became Regent. Victoria was a very perceptive child and she knew both her mother and Sir John did not have her best interests at heart.

Once Victoria became Queen of England she rid herself from both her mother’s and Sir John’s retched grasp. She became very fond of her Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne, a Liberal for the Whig party. She called him Lord M out of endearment. Her reign as Queen did not start off on the right foot. It seems she became too fond of Lord M, therefore, she always trusted his advice. This led to her over throwing her own government over a disagreement about her ladies maids. The people were so outraged that a man pulled out a pistol and aimed for Queen Victoria while she was riding in her carriage one day. Fortunately the madman missed.

Things turned around for the better once she met the dashing Prince Albert of Sacs-Coburg Germany. Prince Albert was Victoria’s cousin and through the coercion of her Uncle Leopold they fell in love. The people of England did not like Albert because he was a German and looked to feminine, but of course Victoria did not care what the people thought of him. She knew he was perfect for her and they soon were married and had a grand total of nine children together.

Review: Victoria Victorious by Jean Plaidy is the eleventh novel in Plaidy’s Queens of England series. It’s told in Victoria’s point of view, which makes it sort of her memoir. I did enjoy this book to a point. However, I found it a bit dry in some parts. Mainly, I found the political aspect of this book to be boring.
What I really enjoyed most about the book was getting to know young Victoria as the Princess living under her mother’s rule in the Kensington Palace. Victoria was so quick witted as a child and she really pulled at everyone’s heart strings. You just couldn’t help but sympathize with her. She was kept in pretty much a prison and hardly ever allowed to visit her very own Uncle the King of England who became very fond of little Vicky. In her entire life there were seven attempts at her life and she tried very hard to not let it bother her. I also enjoyed the courting of young Prince Albert and Victoria. Albert was truly perfect. He put up with Victoria’s “storms” of anger and did not let it affect their marriage.

Although this is not my favorite Plaidy novel I did enjoy it. Queen Victoria was truly a strong woman and was the longest reigning British Queen. She reigned for sixty years. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about the ups and downs of Victoria’s life. She really was an inspiration.
To read more of my reviews or to visit my site click here: http://allthingshistoricalfiction.blogspot.com/ ( )
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