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Catherine Reef brings history vividly to life in this sumptuously illustrated account of a confident, strong-minded, and influential woman.
Victoria woke one morning at the age of eighteen to discover that her uncle had died and she was now queen. She went on to rule for sixty-three years, with an influence so far-reaching that the decades of her reign now bear her name—the Victorian period. Victoria is filled with the exciting comings and goings of royal life: intrigue and innuendo, scheming advisors, and assassination attempts, not to mention plenty of passion and discord. Includes bibliography, notes, British royal family tree, index.
About the Author
Catherine Reef is the author of more than 40 nonfiction books, including many highly acclaimed biographies for young people. She lives in College Park, Maryland. Visit her online at catherinereef.com.
★ "A biography fit for a queen." —Kirkus, starred review
"For history buffs and fans of historical fiction, this biography allows readers to immerse themselves in 19th-century voices and aesthetics." —School Library Journal
"Reef’s storytelling is impeccably paced, covering Victoria’s eighty-plus years with ease and assurance... This will be a valuable companion for lovers of Victorian period fiction and a satisfying read for biography fans." —Bulletin
"Eminently readable with lavish illustrations and photographs, Victoria: Portrait of a Queen is an engrossing biography of the woman for whom the nineteenth century was named the Victorian Age. Readers will come away with a personal connection to what Lord Salisbury meant when he said, “She has been a great instance of government by example, by esteem, by love.” —VOYA
"Full of color portraits, period engravings, and fascinating photographs of the queen, her consort, and her progeny, this endeavor is made to pore over again and again... Anglophiles and history lovers should definitely enjoy this." —Booklist
"Full of primary source material and spectacular paintings in full color as well as back matter that includes a Windsor family tree, source notes, and a rich bibliography, this is a biography for Victoriana and history lovers alike."—Horn Book