(Review) Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Historical fiction
Rating: Very good
This season on Masterpiece Classic, Victoria is premiering.
Victoria by Daisy Goodwin, is a historical fiction work of the early years of Queen Victoria's reign. In the opening pages, Victoria is a young girl of 18, and her uncle, King William IV, has died.
Victoria still shared a bed with her overprotective and overbearing mother at Kensington Palace.
After she became queen, she made her home at Buckingham Palace.
The Prime Minister is Lord Melbourne. They become close friends. She relies on him, trusting in him, unlike her mother's friend Sir John Conroy who has ambitions of his own.
Her youth causes a problem in confident decision making, speaking in public, and older adults believing she is too young to be queen.
From the beginning of the story, I felt underneath her youthful exterior lay an iron will. She desperately needed the guidance and direction of Melbourne. A spark developed between them.
People murmur and then voice their opinion: the young queen must marry.
I enjoyed reading Victoria. It is strong on entertainment and less so on history.
I've read Queen Victoria: A Personal History by Christopher Hibbert. This book is a nonfiction historical account of Victoria. From the monarchy family's circumstances in 1817, to her birth in 1819, her childhood, youth, early reign, marriage and family, and until her death.
A strong point in why I loved Victoria is it showed me her youthful naiveté in being a queen. It showed she was still a young girl at heart. I loved her transformation, showing her development of knowledge and wisdom, both in the role as a queen and of her subjects who lived outside the palace.
I believe she was a person who had no idea of how her subjects lived. She was far removed from poverty and behind the walls of a palace. However, Victoria is a fictional account, the focus of this story is not on the socio-economic era of the 1800s, but on Victoria's youth and dreamy early loves.
My review is on Victoria by Daisy Goodwin and not on the queen herself.