Becoming Queen Victoria: The Unexpected Rise of Britain's Greatest Monarch

By Kate Williams
Read by Katharine McEwan

16.46 Hours 12/27/2016 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9780525493556

The perfect companion to the PBS Masterpiece series Victoria, a gripping account of Queen Victoria’s rise and early years in power, written by CNN’s official royal historian In 1819, a girl was born to the fourth son of King George III. No one could have expected such an unassuming, overprotected girl to be an effective ruler—yet Queen Victoria would become one of the most powerful monarchs in history. Writing with novelistic flair and historical precision, Kate Williams reveals a vibrant woman in the prime of her life, while chronicling the byzantine machinations that continued even after the crown was placed on her head. Upon hearing that she had inherited the throne, eighteen-year-old Victoria banished her overambitious mother from the room, a simple yet resolute move that would set the tone for her reign. The queen clashed constantly not only with her mother and her mother’s adviser, the Irish adventurer John Conroy, but with her ministers and even her beloved Prince Albert—all of whom attempted to seize control from her. Williams lays bare the passions that swirled around the throne—the court secrets, the sexual repression, and the endless intrigue. The result is a grand tale of a woman whose destiny began long before she was born and whose legacy lives on.

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Summary

Summary

The perfect companion to the PBS Masterpiece series Victoria, a gripping account of Queen Victoria’s rise and early years in power, written by CNN’s official royal historian

In 1819, a girl was born to the fourth son of King George III. No one could have expected such an unassuming, overprotected girl to be an effective ruler—yet Queen Victoria would become one of the most powerful monarchs in history.

Writing with novelistic flair and historical precision, Kate Williams reveals a vibrant woman in the prime of her life, while chronicling the byzantine machinations that continued even after the crown was placed on her head. Upon hearing that she had inherited the throne, eighteen-year-old Victoria banished her overambitious mother from the room, a simple yet resolute move that would set the tone for her reign. The queen clashed constantly not only with her mother and her mother’s adviser, the Irish adventurer John Conroy, but with her ministers and even her beloved Prince Albert—all of whom attempted to seize control from her.

Williams lays bare the passions that swirled around the throne—the court secrets, the sexual repression, and the endless intrigue. The result is a grand tale of a woman whose destiny began long before she was born and whose legacy lives on.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This new biography [is] narrated by Katharine McEwan with a liveliness that maintains the listener’s interest…McEwan provides a mostly straight narration in an elegant, feminine tone. She reads the many formal letters without letting them become cumbersome and adds a tone of imperious arrogance to Victoria’s overbearing mother. McEwan provides a subtle accent for Victoria, suitable for the daughter of a German princess, and later adds deeper tones to portray the queen’s maturity.” AudioFile
Kate Williams has excelled herself. One is engaged from the very first line. She has perfected the art of historical biography. Her pacy writing is underpinned by the most impeccable scholarship. Alison Weir, author of Lady in the Tower 
The amazing untold story of Victoria before she was queen . . . Kate Williams reveals a passionate young woman beloved of her future subjects but at war with her family. London Sunday Telegraph 
Becoming Queen Victoria showcases an outstanding talent from which we can expect much more. Spectator

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Author Bio: Kate Williams

Kate Williams is the award-winning author of The Pleasures of Men, Becoming Queen, and England’s Mistress, which was short-listed for the Marsh Prize for Biography. She holds a master’s degree from the University of London and a doctorate in eighteenth-century culture from Oxford.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 16.46
Audience: Adult
Language: English