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Queen Victoria came to the throne almost without resources, under threat from republicanism, in a period of social, political and economic turbulence. She died, having revived the failing image of the British monarchy, head of one of the world's richest families. Victoria was the first monarch in British history to combine the public role of head of state with the private one of wife and mother. Alone among married women she was not governed by laws which stipulated surrendering both name and fortune to one's husband. Yet she herself opposed the movement for women's rights.The complex effects of Victoria's gender on public attitudes and her own actions are brilliantly drawn out in this intriguing book.
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Dorothy Thompson was born in 1923 and grew up in London and France. She graduated from Cambridge having interrupted her studies to undertake war service. She was a lecturer in the history department at Birmingham University for many years and has also been a visiting professor at Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Brown Universities in the USA. She now lives in Worcester.From School Library Journal:
YA-- A refreshing look at a woman who became a legend in her long lifetime. Thompson approaches Victoria's life from a feminist viewpoint, exploring her changing image in the eyes of a paternalistic British society: first the virginal child-queen, then the devoted young wife and mother, later the somewhat scandalous figure, and finally as the little old recluse in widow's black who was the symbol of a seemingly unchanging empire. The author digresses on occasion from Victoria's life into such broader subjects as the role of the monarchy in British society and the agitation for an end to that monarchy during the long years of her reign. Illustrated throughout with contemporary cartoons and prints, the book offers a fascinating and entertaining look at British history over the last half of the 19th century and a vivid portrait of the woman whose name and spirit dominated that era. This book will be well received by readers of British and European history and culture as well as by those looking for pleasure reading.
- Richard Lisker, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Book Description Virago Press Ltd, 2001. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111860499120
Book Description Virago Press Ltd, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1860499120