Becoming Queen Victoria: The Tragic Death of Princess Charlotte and the Unexpected Rise of Britain's Greatest Monarch

Becoming Queen Victoria: The Tragic Death of Princess Charlotte and the Unexpected Rise of Britain's Greatest Monarch

Kate Williams


In her lauded biography England's Mistress, Kate Williams painted a bright and intimate portrait of Emma Hamilton, the sweetheart of English nationwide hero Lord Horatio Nelson. Now, with an identical prepared perception and present for telling element, Williams presents a gripping account of Queen Victoria's upward thrust to the throne and her early years in power--as good because the tragic, little-known tale of the princess whose loss of life made all of it possible.

Toward the tip of the eighteenth century, monarchies throughout Europe chanced on themselves in difficulty. With mad King George III and his antisocial offspring tarnishing the world, the English pinned their hopes at the merely valid inheritor to the throne: the beautiful and prudent Princess Charlotte, daughter of the Prince of Wales and granddaughter of the king. unfortunately, these desires light whilst, at age twenty-one, she died after a sophisticated being pregnant and stillbirth. whereas a state grieved, Charlotte's power-hungry uncles plotted quick to provide a brand new inheritor. in basic terms the Duke of Kent proved profitable in his pastime, with the start of a lady named Victoria.

Writing with a mixture of novelistic aptitude and old precision, Williams unearths an lively and colourful girl within the top of her lifestyles, whereas chronicling the byzantine machinations at the back of Victoria's fight to occupy the throne--scheming that persisted even after the crown used to be put on her head.

Upon listening to of the loss of life of her predecessor, King William IV, Victoria--in her daring first act as queen--banished her overambitious mom from the room, an easy but resolute flow that will set the tone for her reign. The queen clashed regularly not just together with her mom and her mother's adviser, the Irish adventurer John Conroy, yet along with her ministers or even her loved Prince Albert, all of whom, in a single approach or one other, tried to grab keep an eye on from her.

By connecting Charlotte's unhappy destiny to Victoria's majestic rule, Kate Williams lays naked the passions that swirled round the throne--the courtroom secrets and techniques, the sexual repression, and the never-ending intrigue. the result's a grand and pleasurable story of a girl whose future all started lengthy prior to she was once born and whose legacy lives on.

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