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Queen Victoria (Hardback)

Her Life and Legacy

British History Frontline Books Photographic Books Colour Books Women of History Victorian Era 19th Century Royal History

By Paul Kendall
Frontline Books
Series: In 100 Objects
Pages: 240
Illustrations: 200+ colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781399018319
Published: 28th February 2022


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For almost 64 years, Queen Victoria reigned over Great Britain during a period which saw the country become the most powerful and prestigious in the world and one which experienced enormous social, political and industrial change. Those changes were embraced by Victoria, who became the first monarch to use the railway as a mode of transport, to use anaesthetic to alleviate pain, during childbirth, and to use a telephone.

At the very start of her reign, she took an interest in politics, playing an active part in the machinations of government, and worked with ten prime ministers. She broke down barriers between sovereign and her subjects, ensuring that she was visible to the public. Victoria established the tradition of the white wedding, wearing a white bridal dress to ensure that her subjects could see her with the coronation route lengthened to maximise her exposure. She set the tradition of acknowledging her subjects from the balcony at Buckingham Palace during times of national celebration. She also paid regular visits to hospitals in England to visit wounded soldiers, and instigated the medal named after her which became the highest honour a man could receive fighting for his country.

All aspects of Victoria’s life from Kensington Palace, her birthplace to Frogmore Mausoleum, are covered within this volume. Her personal life as well as her public persona are examined with illustrations of many of the places and palaces that were significant in her life – such as the site of the Fox & Crown public house on West Hill, Highgate, where, the landlord stepped out to halt the horses of Victoria coach which was careering out of control, or the point along Constitution Hill where the first assassination attempt was made on Victoria’s life.

Equally displayed in this unique collection are fascinating artifacts that epitomise her reign, for example, the world’s first pre-paid adhesive postage stamp, the Penny Black which, of course, bore her image, and the gold enamelled brooch presented by Queen Victoria to Florence Nightingale in 1855 for her work in Crimea.

Queen Victoria: Her Life and Legacy is a journey in gloriously-coloured images through one of Britain’s greatest eras – the age of Victoria.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Between 1837 and 1901, Queen Victoria reigned through a period which saw Britain and the empire transformed beyond all recognition. Victoria and her reign are subjects which have been covered many times before but Paul Kendall's nicely illustrated and well-researched books contains enough fresh insights into the details of her life to ensure it always remains interesting..

NetGalley, Chris Hallam

Arguably Britain’s greatest ever monarch, Queen Victoria’s era is regarded by many as a golden age in British history, and it is hard to argue with that after reading Paul Kendall’s excellent pictorial history, “Queen Victoria - Her Life and Legacy”.
This book is a visual document of the locations associated with Victoria’s reign, from her place of birth in Kensington Palace, to her death bed; objects used by her and notable events. There is captivating photography throughout and while it may appear to be a superficial book on the surface, upon reading it becomes clear that this work is a thorough and scholarly history of Queen Victoria’s entire life. Each chapter has a short write-up about the history of the subject, and each passage has real historical depth.
We get a vivid picture of Victoria’s life, especially her tentative, nervous and grief-laden early years when she assumed the throne aged just 18. Surviving several assassination attempts, she became a powerful monarch who ruled over one of the biggest empires the world had yet seen, creating many institutions and cultural changes which still resonate today.
A very accessible book that can be understood and enjoyed by all ages, Paul Kendall’s “Queen Victoria - Her Life and Legacy” is richly informative and a joy to read. It is a fitting record of one of the greatest monarchs in British history.

NetGalley, Wyn Lewis

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book starts out at the time of Victoria’s birth. Since, at the time of her birth, she was fifth in line for the British throne, she was not expected to ascend to the throne. However, a series of unfortunate deaths led to her becoming Queen Victoria when she was one month shy of her eighteenth birthday. She was to sit on the throne for sixty-three years and seven months. Her reign led its name to the “Victorian Age.”

This book has fantastic pictures of various palaces and other places of interest related to Victoria’s reign. It also has copious footnotes, so that the reader may further explore her life and times. It outlines the assassination attempts on her life, of which there were many.

It describes the fairytale story of her romance with Prince Albert, a cousin of hers. It sounds absolutely wonderful. The reader is told about her nine children, beginning with her first daughter Victoria or “Vicky.” (Although she hated being pregnant.) Albert loved and doted on his children.

Victoria’s reign was to engender many, many firsts in Britain, such as postage stamps, railroads and so on. She and her daughters, and the household staff knitted stockings for soldiers fighting the Crimean War. She took her position as head of the armed services seriously and did all she could to support the men. She was the first Queen to use chloroform in 1853 beginning with the birth of her sixth child, Prince Leopold. She was the first to use the Buckingham Palace balcony as a way of greeting her subjects.

I wish I could portal back to 1851 Britain and see the Crystal Palace with its 300,000 panes of glass. It must have been absolutely gorgeous. Prince Albert really created a masterpiece.

Mr. Kendall ends his book with, “No woman was ever held in higher honour. No Queen was ever loved so well.”

This book is fascinating. It is well written and laid out pretty linearly. The reader gets a sense of Victoria through his words and the photographs. It is a wonderful picture of a much loved Queen.

NetGalley, Joyce Fox

About Paul Kendall

Educated at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, where he also served as an Honorary Midshipman with the University of London Royal Naval Unit, Paul Kendall is a military historian and author from Kent specialising in WW1. He is the author of Somme 1916: Success and Failure on the First Day of the Battle of the Somme.

Paul Kendall now has a registered author page which can be accessed here: http://www.paul-kendall.co.uk/

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