Victoria Victorious: The Story of Queen Victoria (Queens of England, #3)

ISBN: 0609810243
ISBN 13: 9780609810248
By: Jean Plaidy

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So. Boring. Reads exactly like a boring girl's diary: "today this happened. and then some other thing. and then so-and-so said this to me. and then something else happened." I fully believe Victoria lived a rich and interesting life, but this book did not capture it. Every other sentence starts with "Dear Albert" and ends with how right he was and what a silly girl Victoria is and how she resolves to listen to him next time. Barely finished this book. Limped over the finish line.


I was originally really excited to read this book. I found it while looking for more novels about Tudor England and thought that it would be good to brand out to another monarchy. I guess I was wrong to start here.Queen Victoria's story could be a good one. She was a much beloved queen. However, Jean Plaidy's book focuses on almost none of the reasons why she was adored by her people. All I got out of this book was that she was whiny and obsessed with her dead husband, her prime ministers, and her myriad of relations all over Europe. In addition to this, the narrative is written in a way that is difficult to follow. It is very incongruous. Plaidy jumps from event to event without allowing you even the slightest notion as to the passage of time. You could end one paragraph in one year and start the next one five years later without even realizing it until you are twenty pages further along. All in all, this book was a disappointment. I truly doubt I will be reading any of her other historical novels.

Linda Richwine

I have read dozens of Jean Plaidy's books and loved them all, including this one. This was my first literary exposure to Queen Victoria and I was pleasantly surprised by how interesting her life was and, as a result, have read two more books related to her life and family. Take a chance on this book -- I think you will be glad you did.

Donna BookWorm

Ok…i have to admit…i tried finishing Victoria Victorious by Jean PliadyBut I just couldn’t do it. It was soooo BORING!!! Victoria herself was just annoying, Albert was so perfect and always right and blah blah blahin all honesty I felt like i was reading Twilight! Albert this, Albert that, oh Albert you’re sooo good, oh Albert you’re soooo handsome. It was awful. Happy Readings!<3 The Book Worm


Plaidy's novels are never earth-shattering for me but they are great comfort-reads. I especially like to listen to the audiobook while I take walks or drive to and from work. Like her other novels in the Queens of England series, this one is a biographical novel that follows Queen Victoria from her birth to her death. It is long and drawn-out, and it contains natural lulls much like human lives do- but I've learned that this is par for the course when it comes to Plaidy. I really enjoyed reading about this time period because I tend to read about earlier eras. Though Plaidy's novels are not completely historically accurate (they tend to lean toward older, out-of-date, or more popular interpretations of historical characters), I really appreciate how she tries to stick to what we know about the characters' personalities. It would be so easy to change one or two events or quotes by the characters in order to make them more likeable to the reader. But they wouldn't be themselves then, now would they!?!?I am annoyed by Victoria's personality once she meets Albert. She loses herself in him and she gives in to his ultra-conservative demands. She treats her eldest son, Bertie (later King Edward VII) unfairly simply because he is not like his father. She is also quite jealous of her eldest daughter who is favored by Albert. These are just a few examples of qualities that the real Victoria possessed that were less than stellar. I also despised her politics but I enjoyed reading the book anyway because I think Plaidy remained true to the spirit of Queen Victoria, which is valid in itself. I recommend this book to people just getting into his fic. All of Plaidy's novels are a good place to start for his fic newbs. I wish I'd read them before diving in head-first to the newer novels. It's always great to experience the classics within the genre before you get to the newfangled publications (which also have their place!)


I enjoyed learning a bit more about Victoria, although I found the diary entries to very often be repetitive, so much so that by the end I wanted to skip ahead bit. Also, I don't know a tremendous amount about Albert, but if this book has any truth to it, he sounds like a bit of a jerk.

Mandy Moody

My first book about Queen Victoria, also one of my favorite Plaidy's to date. I really enjoyed Victoria's portrayal - she was so human and likable. Plaidy's research is impeccable, especially when relating to a figure as recent as Victoria. I love knowing that everything I'm reading is closely based on fact.

Janet Woolman

Very good. I kept stopping to research points that grabbed my interest. The book seems to accurately follow timelines and events in history. The perspective could be how Queen Victoria could have interpreted her world. And quotes from correspondence and primary documents add credibility. A great read.

Marianna Bowers

Was surprised to read this in the first person. Felt as though looking through Victoria's eyes of her life as she viewed it. Although one-sided in the "her" story form, it shows a young girl coming of age and having to deal with being a woman in a MAN's world. The difficulty being a Queen and no role model to emulate this "job". Even the Queen has to deal with the independence of children and their decisions not always being what she wants. I even through a tantrum when things don't go my way!!!!! As loving most things historical and adding the love of autobiographical, this went right up my alley.


An absolutely lovely novel.Plaidy captures Victoria elegantly, expressing her life from being the daughter of the Duke of Kent to being heir presumptive and Queen. We follow Victoria through her 'storms' and see her change from a rather moody lady to a more reserved and even-tempered Queen through her 'saintly' husband, Albert.I loved this novel, I felt as though it was Victoria and her thoughts. Brilliant to read.


This was a fairly decent book. I am not very interested in Queen Victoria but it was a good read and it was interesting to learn some more about her life. It is a long book, so if you don't like long ones this probably isn't for you. It covers from her childhood, through her ascension to the throne, her marriage, all the way up to right before her death.


It is very rare to find a writer who can fully engage the reader so that he/she feels that they are witness to a series of events as they are unfolding. Here Jean Plaidy tells a story of Queen Victoria's life in Victoria's own voice. Plaidy does it with such unerring skill that one can't help but wonder if Victoria herself had dictated this book to Plaidy. Here we are given access to the full sweep of Victoria's life, from her birth in 1819 (grand-daughter to George III), her unhappy childhood with a greedy, selfish and controlling mother, her ascension to the throne in 1837, her marriage to her beloved Albert in February 1840, her 9 children, the death of Albert in 1861 which left Victoria bereft for the rest of her life, and the growth of Britain and her Empire during Victoria's long reign. Reading this book was a delightful and enlightening experience. If only all history could be explained to students in such a compelling and personal way as Plaidy has done so well here, perhaps more of them would be more eager to study it.

Shelly Benson

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Queen Victoria. I don't know a lot about her. I frequently cringed to think that Albert and Victoria were even a little jealous of their own children. Victoria of Vicky because of Albert's love for her and Albert of Bertie because of Bertie's precedence over Albert. This novel spans Victoria's lifetime and out of necessity skims over a lot of information. Jean Plaidy never let's me down...

Lady Heinz

Finally finished. Did not think I would make it. Other than the 'have to see what happens next' motivation for continuing there is nothing really to have kept me going.This is the first book fact or fiction that I have read about Q.V., but she cannot have been this simple or so easily lead by the men in her life. And, the writing...every time I read 'and there were tears in his eyes' I wince. This phase has been used over and over and over when describing a particular Prime Minister, and then after he died it is used to describe other men in her life. The reiterations are continual...continual!! How many times does one have to say that a particular character was dear to me, or that her husband was a saint. I ached to be done with this book.


Victoria Victorious by Jean Plaidy is the eleventh novel in Plaidy’s Queens of England series. It’s told in Victoria’s point of view, which makes it sort of her memoir. I did enjoy this book to a point. However, I found it a bit dry in some parts. Mainly, I found the political aspect of this book to be boring. What I really enjoyed most about the book was getting to know young Victoria as the Princess living under her mother’s rule in the Kensington Palace. Victoria was so quick witted as a child and she really pulled at everyone’s heart strings. You just couldn’t help but sympathize with her. She was kept in pretty much a prison and hardly ever allowed to visit her very own Uncle the King of England who became very fond of little Vicky. In her entire life there were seven attempts at her life and she tried very hard to not let it bother her. I also enjoyed the courting of young Prince Albert and Victoria. Albert was truly perfect. He put up with Victoria’s “storms” of anger and did not let it affect their marriage. Although this is not my favorite Plaidy novel I did enjoy it. Queen Victoria was truly a strong woman and was the longest reigning British Queen. She reigned for sixty years. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about the ups and downs of Victoria’s life. She really was an inspiration.For more of my reviews visit my historical fiction site: http://allthingshistoricalfiction.blo...

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