The life of Queen Victoria as portrayed by PBS these last few years is a source of surprising inspiration because she as a young woman is forced to find her own voice and power in a setting where women were 'only' expected to be good and dutiful wives and mothers - even as a Queen ... There are daring moments when she follows her own instinct and creates major political change ... What of this plot is exactly true? Thank you PBS creating a screen play portraying the layers of emotional struggles, fiction or non-fiction, the story sparkles. I recently learned that this queen, wife and mother also wrote in her journal every day ... Amazing how writing always fits in.
This book is on my wish list: Queen Victoria in Her Letters and Journals, and here, some descriptives:
"This revealing selection from the Queen's papers provides essential clues to her character, tracing her development from shy princess to the formidable and uncompromising grande dame of Europe. How did she feel on hearing that she had become queen? How close was she to her eldest grandchild, who became Kaiser Wilhelm II? Why was she so reluctant to yield the crown to her son and heir, the future King Edward VII? What did she really think of Gladstone and Disraeli? These questions and many more are answered clearly and candidly in the Queen's own words. Victoria's passionate adoration of Prince Albert is evident throughout her journals, and later extracts give a touching insight into her feelings of loneliness and susceptibility after his death. Illustrated with some of the Queen's own drawings, this book presents an absorbing account of one of the most remarkable personalities of the nineteenth century."
"From the age of thirteen, when she began to keep a until a few days before her death nearly seventy years later, Queen Victoria maintained an unbroken flow of personal reminiscence and Correspondence in the annals of royalty. At an average of 2,500 words per day, she wrote the equivalent of 700 novels! A natural and highly gifted writer, she expressed herself forcibly and graphically on every conceivable topic that came to her attention, describing the people she met and the events of her often dramatic daily life in telling detail, and revealing her character in all its forthright simplicity and obstinate imperiousness, giving vent to her passionate affections and violent antipathies. Whether writing of important affairs of state; outspokenly expressing her views on marriage, children, the upper classes, alcohol, animals, railways, clergymen, books, and opera; or recording the eccentricities of the beloved Disraeli and the exasperating manner of the detested Gladstone, the Queen is always interesting, frequently illuminating, and sometimes extremely funny. She had strong views on everything and no hesitation in setting them down. She was as ready to scold her eldest daughter for getting too fat as she was her prime minister for making an unsuitable speech; as willing to express her bitter disappointment in her "stupid and silly" eldest son as her adoration of her "perfect husband." And always she does so in language fresh, concise, and exact. Hewn from a Himalaya of material, both published and unpublished, these extracts from the Queen's letters and journals have been judiciously selected from the many volumes of her correspondence that have already been published, from biographies of herself and her contemporaries."