Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Review: Victoria-The Queen

TITLE: Victoria, The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire
AUTHOR: Julia Baird
PUBLISHED: November 2016
CATEGORY: Non-Fiction
GENRE: Biography, History
PREMISE: An historian gives an in depth look into the life of Queen Victoria.
MY REVIEW: Some of you may have noticed: I've been getting into historical biographies lately. I've been hearing quite a few good things about this one, so I picked it up. It is surprisingly a rather refreshing look at Queen Victoria.
I've just read way too many biographies that clearly have a bias either toward or against Victoria. This author pointed out Victoria's flaws as well as the good things she did. It was a nice change of pace. The wealth of information is detailed and well organized and is actually pretty well written. Occasionally the author's bias against other people sometimes shined through, but for the most part it was very fair biography.
If you're looking for a fair and balanced look at Queen Victoria, this is definitely a good one to pick up. If you're wary about how large it is, I'd like to point out at least two hundred pages of it is just notes/bibliography. It also reads surprisingly fast.
WHO SHOULD READ: those interested in Queen Victoria, historical biography fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five interesting people in history

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