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The Resource Queen Victoria : a life of contradictions, Matthew Dennison

Queen Victoria : a life of contradictions, Matthew Dennison

Label
Queen Victoria : a life of contradictions
Title
Queen Victoria
Title remainder
a life of contradictions
Statement of responsibility
Matthew Dennison
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Queen Victoria had a very complicated and psychologically fascinating personality and only a very talented biographer could get to the key of her character. Fortunately in Matthew Dennison's pithy, well-researched, beautifully written and very accessible book, she has found one' Andrew Roberts In this brilliant, concise new biography Queen Victoria is shown as Britain's queen of contradictions. In her combination of regal vehemence and wifely submission; deep sentimentality and bombast; cultural imperialism and imperial compassion; fear of intellectualism and excitement at technology; romantic longing and prudishness, she became a spirit of the age to which she gave her name. Victoria embraced photography, railway travel and modern art; she resisted compulsory education for the working classes and recommended for a leading women's rights campaigner 'a good whipping'. She detested smoking and believed whole-heartedly in the health-giving properties of fresh air, strong draughts and cold. She may or may not have been amused. Melbourne and Disraeli wooed her; Peel and Palmerston infuriated her; fatally Gladstone failed to 'pet' her. She loved dancing and the opera and, in her mourning of Prince Albert, sought consolation in the poetry of Tennyson and a long exchange of letters between sovereign and Laureate. Meanwhile she reinvented the monarchy and wrestled with personal reinvention. She lived in the shadow of her mother and then under the tutelage of her husband: during her protracted widowhood she belatedly embraced self-reliance
Cataloging source
CDX
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Dennison, Matthew
Dewey number
941.081092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Victoria
  • Queens
  • Great Britain
Target audience
adult
Label
Queen Victoria : a life of contradictions, Matthew Dennison
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-178) and index
Control code
sky258432196
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiv, 189 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781250072108
Other physical details
illustrations (black and white, and colour)
Label
Queen Victoria : a life of contradictions, Matthew Dennison
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-178) and index
Control code
sky258432196
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiv, 189 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781250072108
Other physical details
illustrations (black and white, and colour)

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