Becoming Queen

Becoming Queen

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By (author) Kate Williams

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  • Publisher: ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 30mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 21 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099451824
  • ISBN 13: 9780099451822
  • Illustrations note: 16
  • Sales rank: 131,415

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Our perception of Victoria the Queen is coloured by portraits of her older, widowed self - her dour expression embodying the repressive morality propagated in her time. But "Becoming Queen" reveals an energetic and vibrant woman, determined to battle for power. It also documents the Byzantine machinations behind Victoria's quest to occupy the throne, and shows how her struggles did not end when finally the crown was placed on her head. Laying bare the passions that swirled around the throne in the eighteenth century, "Becoming Queen" is an absorbingly dramatic tale of secrets, sexual repression and endless conflict. After her lauded biography of Emma Hamilton, "England's Mistress", Kate Williams has produced a most original and intimate portrait of Great Britain's longest reigning monarch.

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Kate Williams has a BA from Oxford, an MA from University of London and a DPhil from Oxford. Her first book, England's Mistress, a biography of Emma Hamilton, was published to wide acclaim, and shortlisted for the Marsh Biography Award. She is also a lecturer and TV consultant, appearing on BBC and Channel 4 programmes to discuss her work, and lecturing to historical societies and groups. She lives in London. Her website is www.kate-williams.com

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"The amazing untold story of Victoria before she was Queen ... Kate Williams reveals a passionate young woman beloved of her future subjects but at war with her family" Sunday Telegraph "Passionate, exuberant and entertaining, a treasure trove of royalty, intrigue and politics ... vividly and sensitively brings to life the girl who would become Queen" Simon Sebag Montefiore "This fresh and vivid portrayal of the young Queen Victoria is deserving of the highest praise. I cannot recommend it highly enough" Alison Weir, author of The Lady Elizabeth "Becoming Queen showcases an outstanding talent from whom we can expect much more" -- Matthew d'Ancona Spectator "History as exciting and tempestuous as you are ever likely to find" Country Life