'Writing about Queen Victoria has been one of the most joyous experiences of my life.
I have read thousands (literally) of letters never before published, and grown used to her as to a friend.
Maddening? Egomaniac? Hysterical? A bad mother? Some have said so. What emerged for me was a brave, original woman who was at the very epicentre of Britain's changing place in the world: a solitary woman in an all-male world who understood politics and foreign policy much better than some of her ministers; a person possessed by demons, but demons which she was brave enough to conquer.
Above all, I became aware, when considering her eccentric friendships and deep passions, of what a loveable person she was.' A.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 656 pages, 2 x 8pp plates (tbc)
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 04/06/2015
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9781848879584