She was the national icon whose 63-year reign is famous as the Victorian era. But who was Queen Victoria? From her closely-supervised upbringing to her complex adulthood as Britain's monarch, this concise and enjoyable biography puts together the pieces of Victoria's life for young readers. Puffin's 'Who Was . . . ?' book series presents clear and accessible biographies of some of history's most renowned individuals.
'A wonderfully fresh, vivid and engaging portrait.' Jane Ridley, author of Bertie: A Life of Edward VII 'Has much of the abundant charm of its author.' Spectator 'The glory of this book is in the details.' The Times 'Worsley's command of the material and elegant writing style make this a must-read.' Publisher's Weekly ******************************* Who was Queen Victoria? A little old lady, potato-like in appearance, dressed in everlasting black? She was also a passionate young princess who loved dancing. And there is also a third Victoria, the brilliant queen, one who invented a new role for the monarchy. Victoria found a way of ruling when people were deeply uncomfortable with having a woman on the throne. Her image as a conventional daughter, wife and widow concealed the reality of a talented, instinctive politician. Her actions, if not her words, reveal that she was tearing up the rules on how to be female. But the price of this was deep personal pain. By looking in detail at twenty-four days of her life, through diaries, letters and more, we meet Queen Victoria up-close and personal. Living with her from hour to hour, we can see and celebrate the contradictions that make up British history's most recognisable woman.
The life of Queen Elizabeth I was dramatic and dangerous. Cast out of her father's court at the age of three and imprisoned at nineteen, Elizabeth was crowned queen in 1558, aged just twenty-five. A tough, intelligent woman who spoke five languages, Elizabeth ruled for over forty years and led England through one of the most prosperous periods in its history. This concise and enjoyable biography puts together the pieces of Elizabeth's life and reign for young readers. Puffin's 'Who Was . . . ?' book series presents clear and accessible biographies of some of history's most renowned individuals.
Personal Favourites Of Asia S No. 1 Quizmaster Derek O Brien Is Recognized As India S Leading Quizmaster. From His Vast Repertoire Of Questions That Span The Informative And Educational, Thought-Provoking Facts And Trivia, He Has Gleaned Hundreds Of His Favourites For This Unputdownable Volume. The Questions Cover Subjects As Diverse As The Chinese New Year, Coffee, Crocodiles And Cleopatra To The Grammy Awards, Gujarat, Mars, Swans, Tsunamis, And West Asia. There Are Also Sets Of Questions On Famous Personalities Like Asha Bhonsle, Isaac Newton, Lady Diana, Pablo Picasso, Shakespeare, And Winnie The Pooh. Each Set Tests Both The Extent And Depth Of The Readers Knowledge On The Subject. Among The Questions Readers Will Find Answers To In This Book Are: " Millions Of Years Ago, Which Super-Continent Did Antarctica Originally Form A Part Of? " What Were The Two Styles Of Shading Which Leonardo Used To Great Effect In His Paintings? " What Special Feature Of A Camel S Eyelids Protects It From Dust And Sun? " What Is The Study Of Fishes Called? Whether You Are A Student, Teacher, Professional, Quiz Aficionado, Or Just A Casual Reader, This Book Will Keep You Engrossed For Days.
Commemorating the centennial of Queen Victoria's death, a thought-provoking profile of the famed British monarch examines the complex life, reign, and personality of a woman who sat on the throne for sixty-four years. By the author of George III.
"What is history, but a set of lies agreed upon?" - Napoleon Bonaparte At least, we think it was him. This quote is traditionally attributed to Napoleon, but ironically it's not really clear whether or not he ever actually said it. As it turns out, a great many things which we think we know about history often turn out to be myths, misunderstandings, or outright fictions. For example... - When was the Great Wall of China built? - Who defeated the Spanish Armada? - Did Lady Godiva really parade nude through Coventry? - Who was the rightful king of England in 1066? - Who was the first (and only) Emperor of the USA? - When was the first world war? (Hint: it's not when you think) Why Was Queen Victoria Such a Prude? is the latest fascinating book in a long-running series from bestselling writer David Haviland. This time the focus is on history, as Haviland explores the entire history of human civilisation, from the Trojan Wars all the way up to the 21st century!
How did the reigns of England's most famous queens compare? Follow both of these awesome ladies into history to discover the differences and similarities between their amazing lives! Addressing the needs of the new history National Curriculum, this book will engage readers and encourage them to ask questions about history and how times change.
The next book in the strange and fascinating series that began with the national bestseller Why You Shouldn't Eat Your Boogers & Other Useless or Gross Information About Your Body. The national bestseller Why You Shouldn't Eat Your Boogers & Other Useless or Gross Information About Your Body uncovered everything one might want to know (and a few things one might not) about the human body. The follow-up bestseller Why Fish Fart & Other Useless or Gross Information About the World contained an artful selection of odd and/or unsavory facts about the world. Why Dogs Eat Poop scoured the animal kingdom for gross and or off-color facts about animals. In this delightfully disgusting new book in the series, David Haviland plumbs the world of medicine to uncover the answers to such vitally important questions as: *What exactly is urine therapy? *Is it safe to fly with breast implants? *How did a nine-and-a-half-inch spatula find its way into a surgery patient's body? *Why do some boxers drink their own pee? *What is cyclic vomiting syndrome and how can one avoid it? Any fan of the absurd and/or obscure is sure to delight in this strange (and slightly stomach-turning) book.
Queen Victoria fell in love with the Riviera when she discovered it on her first visit to Menton in 1882 and her enchantment with this 'paradise of nature' endured for almost twenty years. Victoria's visits helped to transform the French Riviera by paving the way for other European royalty, the aristocracy and the very rich, who were to turn it into their pleasure garden. Michael Nelson paints a fascinating portrait of Victoria and her dealings with local people of all classes, statesmen and the constant stream of visiting crown heads. In the process we see an unexpected side to Victoria: not the imperious, petulant, mourning widow but rather an exuberant girlish old lady thrilled by her surroundings. Queen Victoria and the Discovery of the Riviera is an absorbing and revealing account that makes an important contribution to both our understanding of Victoria's character and personality and our view of the late Victorian period.