Victoria woke one morning at the age of eighteen to discover that her uncle had died and she was now queen. She went on to rule for sixty-three years, with an influence so far-reaching that the decades of her reign now bear her name: the Victorian period.
Victoria is filled with the exciting comings and goings of royal life: intrigue and innuendo, scheming advisors, and assassination attempts, not to mention plenty of passion and discord. Catherine Reef brings history vividly to life in this sumptuously illustrated account of a confident, strong-minded, and influential woman.
"Although Victoria was just 18 when she became queen, she was old enough to act on her own behalf — and did so. During her reign, she worked with various prime ministers, saw her country and its empire through multiple wars, and presided over a nation coping with vast technological and social change. Reef is an accomplished biographer for young readers, and this is one of her best. Victoria’s personality comes through in the lively narrative, though Reef never shies from the public and personal controversies that Victoria brought on herself....The backmatter includes a list of British monarchs, family tree, extensive source notes, bibliography, and picture credits." -- Kirkus Reviews
|13 and up
|Nov 7, 2017