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The official companion to ITV’s hotly anticipated new drama, The Victoria Letters delves into the private writings of the young Queen Victoria, painting a vivid picture of the personal life of one of England’s greatest monarchs.From the producers of Poldark and Endeavour, ITV’s Victoria follows the early years of the young Queen’s reign, based closely on Victoria’s own let The official companion to ITV’s hotly anticipated new drama, The Victoria Letters delves into the private writings of the young Queen Victoria, painting a vivid picture of the personal life of one of England’s greatest monarchs.From the producers of Poldark and Endeavour, ITV’s Victoria follows the early years of the young Queen’s reign, based closely on Victoria’s own letters and journals. Now explore this extensive collection in greater depth, and discover who Victoria really was behind her upright public persona.At only 18 years old, Victoria ascended the throne as a rebellious teenager and gradually grew to become one of the most memorable, unshakeable and powerful women in history. The extensive writings she left behind document this personal journey and show how she triumphed over scandal and corruption. Written by Internationally bestselling author, historian of 12 books and Victoria historical consultant, Helen Rappaport, and including a foreword by Daisy Goodwin – acclaimed novelist and screenwriter of the series – The Victoria Letters details the history behind the show. Revealing Victoria’s own thoughts about the love interests, family dramas and court scandals during her early reign, it also delves into the running of the royal household, the upstairs-downstairs relationships, and what it was like to live in Victorian England.Full of beautiful photography from the series and genuine imagery from the era, come behind the palace doors and discover the girl behind the Queen.


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The official companion to ITV’s hotly anticipated new drama, The Victoria Letters delves into the private writings of the young Queen Victoria, painting a vivid picture of the personal life of one of England’s greatest monarchs.From the producers of Poldark and Endeavour, ITV’s Victoria follows the early years of the young Queen’s reign, based closely on Victoria’s own let The official companion to ITV’s hotly anticipated new drama, The Victoria Letters delves into the private writings of the young Queen Victoria, painting a vivid picture of the personal life of one of England’s greatest monarchs.From the producers of Poldark and Endeavour, ITV’s Victoria follows the early years of the young Queen’s reign, based closely on Victoria’s own letters and journals. Now explore this extensive collection in greater depth, and discover who Victoria really was behind her upright public persona.At only 18 years old, Victoria ascended the throne as a rebellious teenager and gradually grew to become one of the most memorable, unshakeable and powerful women in history. The extensive writings she left behind document this personal journey and show how she triumphed over scandal and corruption. Written by Internationally bestselling author, historian of 12 books and Victoria historical consultant, Helen Rappaport, and including a foreword by Daisy Goodwin – acclaimed novelist and screenwriter of the series – The Victoria Letters details the history behind the show. Revealing Victoria’s own thoughts about the love interests, family dramas and court scandals during her early reign, it also delves into the running of the royal household, the upstairs-downstairs relationships, and what it was like to live in Victorian England.Full of beautiful photography from the series and genuine imagery from the era, come behind the palace doors and discover the girl behind the Queen.

30 review for The Victoria Letters: The Heart and Mind of a Young Queen (The Official Companion to the ITV Series)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Negin

    I’ve always loved Queen Victoria and couldn’t resist this when I saw it in one of our favorite bookstores while visiting Miami a few months ago. If you’ve enjoyed the TV series, this is an absolutely beautiful companion. I’ve always loved Queen Victoria and couldn’t resist this when I saw it in one of our favorite bookstores while visiting Miami a few months ago. If you’ve enjoyed the TV series, this is an absolutely beautiful companion.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emma Rose Ribbons

    This was really good. First of all it's lavishly illustrated and beautifully produced. I also thought the historical background was really well done - it's got the right amount of straight-up biography, quotes from the show and excerpts from Victoria's letters. The content was absolutely riveting. Really great, and I can see myself rereading this for years to come. This was really good. First of all it's lavishly illustrated and beautifully produced. I also thought the historical background was really well done - it's got the right amount of straight-up biography, quotes from the show and excerpts from Victoria's letters. The content was absolutely riveting. Really great, and I can see myself rereading this for years to come.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robin Lee Hatcher

    Although called The Victoria Letters, the actual writings (letters and diaries and newspaper articles) are a very small percentage of the narrative. A dab here and there as they rushed through about four years in the life of the young queen, the same period covered by the series (which will air soon in the States). What was there was interesting, but not so much that this is an important "companion" to the TV series. I have to mark down the audio version for two reasons: (1) The producers chose t Although called The Victoria Letters, the actual writings (letters and diaries and newspaper articles) are a very small percentage of the narrative. A dab here and there as they rushed through about four years in the life of the young queen, the same period covered by the series (which will air soon in the States). What was there was interesting, but not so much that this is an important "companion" to the TV series. I have to mark down the audio version for two reasons: (1) The producers chose to interrupt the narration to announce any new narrator's name for a "character" we haven't met before. Very irritating and unnecessary. They could have added a note at the end with the list of narrators involved in the audiobook. Especially since often the introduction of the narrator took longer than the line they actually read. (2) I understand that the print book includes some wonderful photographs. The producers did not supply the photographs to listeners of the audiobook. (Other producers of audiobooks have provided photos via Audible in a PDF document.) I felt ripped off because of this. I love history, and there was enough in this book for me to say I liked it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    kayla ♡

    DNF @ 45% There's nothing inherently wrong with this book. Especially if you happen to be a fan of the BBC show Victoria or just Queen Victoria herself. I'm not sure how historically accurate it is but I did find everything to be really interesting. The truth is I was into the book when I first started it but as the days went by I lost interest. Thus, DNF. Since I read almost 50% of it I won't give it a rating but it does seem around 3 1/2 to 4 starts, at least what I read. I'll eventually come b DNF @ 45% There's nothing inherently wrong with this book. Especially if you happen to be a fan of the BBC show Victoria or just Queen Victoria herself. I'm not sure how historically accurate it is but I did find everything to be really interesting. The truth is I was into the book when I first started it but as the days went by I lost interest. Thus, DNF. Since I read almost 50% of it I won't give it a rating but it does seem around 3 1/2 to 4 starts, at least what I read. I'll eventually come back to this book, maybe when I get back into the show or if I want to read about history but for right now I have to DNF.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marina

    ** Books 22 - 2019 ** This books to accomplish Tsundoku Books Challenge 2019 3,4 of 5 stars! I always loved the story about British Monarchy and one of them is about Queen Victoria is. I watched movie Young Victoria, The Queen even the king's speech is one of my favorite movie LOL. I just know this books is based on the new TV series that i haven't watch it yet. So i will watch it after finish this pieces. *Fingercrossed ;p The things that i like in this books is we just know the another side of Qu ** Books 22 - 2019 ** This books to accomplish Tsundoku Books Challenge 2019 3,4 of 5 stars! I always loved the story about British Monarchy and one of them is about Queen Victoria is. I watched movie Young Victoria, The Queen even the king's speech is one of my favorite movie LOL. I just know this books is based on the new TV series that i haven't watch it yet. So i will watch it after finish this pieces. *Fingercrossed ;p The things that i like in this books is we just know the another side of Queen Victoria from her letters to people surrounding her. I just found some truth that in the beginning the Queen is falling in love with Prince ernest not Prince Albert.. She wants to get married using White wedding dress in that time some myths said it wasn't good one a virgin using white as wedding dress. Another fact is her throne's ascendion is far away cheaper than william IV, the previous king is. I also just know that Queen have mistress of robes, lady of bedchamber, maids of honor, etc and it was compulsory to them for mastering france, germany and latin language. One of my favorite part is Helen Rappaport is the one who written this books and i really adore her writing in The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra :D Thankyou Big Bad Wolf 2019!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    I received a free copy of this book for a feature article I did for the Historical Novel Society (unfortunately behind the members-only paywall). It's a tie-in for the Victoria TV series, and much room is taken up by full-page stills from the series, so obviously it's aimed at the fans. BUT fortunately, the author is Helen Rappaport so there's tons of fascinating information about the real-life characters (including portraits so you can see their real faces which, of course, are not nearly as gla I received a free copy of this book for a feature article I did for the Historical Novel Society (unfortunately behind the members-only paywall). It's a tie-in for the Victoria TV series, and much room is taken up by full-page stills from the series, so obviously it's aimed at the fans. BUT fortunately, the author is Helen Rappaport so there's tons of fascinating information about the real-life characters (including portraits so you can see their real faces which, of course, are not nearly as glamorous as the actors'). The material is beautifully arranged, with multiple excerpts from Queen Victoria's diary (the image of the teenage virgin queen admiring Albert in skintight white cashmere britches with nothing on underneath is definitely going to stick in my mind). This is history as entertainment, definitely, but ultimately not a fluff piece because there's real historical expertise behind it. Nicely presented, too--the photos in my (pre-release) copy were a bit on the dark side but I thought the design was excellent and the overall effect appropriately sumptuous. Worth a look unless the idea of actors with gorgeous cheekbones playing dumpy weak-chinned aristos really annoys you.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brie

    If you like the Victoria series on PBS, pick up this book. It should help tide you over until season 2 comes out. :) I loved reading more about the real Victoria. This book includes many excerpts from her actual letters and diary entries. The photos from the show are fabulous as well. This book is definitely aimed at fans of the show, but you will learn a little bit about the beginning of the Victoria era as well.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    this likely is only something that the most avid PBS/Queen Victoria/British monarchy fan would actually buy/own. Currently the Masterpiece series Victoria airs on PBS and Victoria historical consultant Helen Rappaport wrote this companion book. The book includes a forward by novelist and series screenwriter Daisy Goodwin, who writes: “There were plenty of people who thought that an 18-year-old girl could not be an effective monarch. But it is clear when you read Victoria’s own words that she was this likely is only something that the most avid PBS/Queen Victoria/British monarchy fan would actually buy/own. Currently the Masterpiece series Victoria airs on PBS and Victoria historical consultant Helen Rappaport wrote this companion book. The book includes a forward by novelist and series screenwriter Daisy Goodwin, who writes: “There were plenty of people who thought that an 18-year-old girl could not be an effective monarch. But it is clear when you read Victoria’s own words that she was a woman with an extraordinary sense of her own identity.” The author delves into the queen’s writings to provide scholarly insight. Throughout the book there are quotes from Queen Victoria’s diaries as well as letters from the Queen, her family, confidants and Prince Albert. There’s a useful House of Hanover Family Tree [1714-1837] and plenty of beautiful pictures of the Victoria cast throughout the book. It includes these sections: Little Drina; From Kensington Palace to Buckingham Palace; The Maiden Queen; Lord M; The German Pauper; Her Majesty’s Household; The Court of Queen Victoria; The Welfare of My People; Becoming a Mother; Behind the Scenes. When I watch historical television series I often find myself googling information on people and events. This book contains a bevy of information and details which may enhance one’s enjoyment of the program. It serves as a magnificent resource—all in one attractive coffee table book-- for fans of the program as well as the monarchy and Victorian era. published in full here: https://entertainmentrealm.com/2017/0...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Marsceau

    Once again, beautiful formatting with rich, glossy pictures. Incredibly educational but easy to read in small sections. Some info was repeated in the next book, and I found the font they chose for her journal entries to be rather difficult to read, but still loved this.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mary-Faith

    3.5 / 5 stars I love Queen Victoria, the Victorian Era, and the Victoria series, so I was so excited to pick this up. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to my expectations. There were parts that felt a bit dry and seemed to just be listing facts in each sentence. Obviously this is more of a "coffee table book" and won't have the same narrative qualities as a regular book, but still. The photographs from the series were absolutely stunning, though. Reading Queen Victoria's own words through jou 3.5 / 5 stars I love Queen Victoria, the Victorian Era, and the Victoria series, so I was so excited to pick this up. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to my expectations. There were parts that felt a bit dry and seemed to just be listing facts in each sentence. Obviously this is more of a "coffee table book" and won't have the same narrative qualities as a regular book, but still. The photographs from the series were absolutely stunning, though. Reading Queen Victoria's own words through journal entries and letters was so cool. I loved learning more about her and being able to separate fact from fiction in how she has been portrayed on the screen. I particularly enjoyed the "Behind the Scenes" chapter with information on how the series is filmed. I totally don't think about how hard it must be, but we are obviously not living in the 1800s and they can't exactly go film on-location at Buckingham Palace. It definitely gave me new appreciation for what goes into the show. So, no, this wasn't my favorite, but it was interesting. If you enjoy the TV show, I would recommend it. Now I feel like I want to read a bunch of books about Queen Victoria. :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Loved this book almost as much as the series on Masterpiece. I bought the book at Blenheim Palace when my husband and I visited England this past May. We also visited Kensington Palace, which is where Queen Victoria grew up. Unfortunately while there, they had the Victoria exhibit closed so we didn't get to see that part. But reading this book after seeing the Palace helped me picture her living there. I want to watch season one again, and can't wait for season two. Hopefully there will be a boo Loved this book almost as much as the series on Masterpiece. I bought the book at Blenheim Palace when my husband and I visited England this past May. We also visited Kensington Palace, which is where Queen Victoria grew up. Unfortunately while there, they had the Victoria exhibit closed so we didn't get to see that part. But reading this book after seeing the Palace helped me picture her living there. I want to watch season one again, and can't wait for season two. Hopefully there will be a book to accompany that, as well.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Helen Barnes

    I gave this a high rating because it was just so enjoyable. It's more what would call a 'coffee table book' - to be left out for all to look at, picked up and read when you fancy it. It's got all that kind of gloss, but has the handwritten text from Victoria's diaries which I love reading, as well as the narrative about her young life. I did read the second half of it more like reading a novel because I just wanted to continue seeing what other gems Victoria had written (and others) I gave this a high rating because it was just so enjoyable. It's more what would call a 'coffee table book' - to be left out for all to look at, picked up and read when you fancy it. It's got all that kind of gloss, but has the handwritten text from Victoria's diaries which I love reading, as well as the narrative about her young life. I did read the second half of it more like reading a novel because I just wanted to continue seeing what other gems Victoria had written (and others)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Really enjoyed this as a good historical background to the TV series I thoroughly enjoyed - plenty of colour pictures from the series linked to the real history. Just thought that the title 'The Victoria Letters' was a bit misleading as extracts from her letters probably only comprise about 5% of the book. Still a most enjoyable and informative read but not one that I intend to keep on my shelves having read it - 8/10. Really enjoyed this as a good historical background to the TV series I thoroughly enjoyed - plenty of colour pictures from the series linked to the real history. Just thought that the title 'The Victoria Letters' was a bit misleading as extracts from her letters probably only comprise about 5% of the book. Still a most enjoyable and informative read but not one that I intend to keep on my shelves having read it - 8/10.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A beautiful book, with copies of letters and diary entries from Queen Victoria's and Albert's personal writings, also paintings of the historical figures next to the contemporaries who are playing them in the TV series. Beautiful photos and background info on the set design. A lovely companion to the TV series and to have illustrations while reading other books on Queen Victoria. A beautiful book, with copies of letters and diary entries from Queen Victoria's and Albert's personal writings, also paintings of the historical figures next to the contemporaries who are playing them in the TV series. Beautiful photos and background info on the set design. A lovely companion to the TV series and to have illustrations while reading other books on Queen Victoria.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    A lovely companion to the tv series, and a great look at Victoria's early years on the throne, and the words written in her own hand. Brilliant book. A lovely companion to the tv series, and a great look at Victoria's early years on the throne, and the words written in her own hand. Brilliant book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elin Eriksen

    Biography of Queen Victoria Biography of the early reign of Queen Victoria and the thoughts/behind the scene workings, of the TV-serie Victoria. Loved the pictures from the TV-serie, paintings, sketches and the excerpts from Queen Victoria's diaries. Delved into the politics of the era, especially the conditions of the poor but also the industrial revolution were canvassed. Described the inner workings of the court and the mistakes that she made. I would have loved to have read more about her rela Biography of Queen Victoria Biography of the early reign of Queen Victoria and the thoughts/behind the scene workings, of the TV-serie Victoria. Loved the pictures from the TV-serie, paintings, sketches and the excerpts from Queen Victoria's diaries. Delved into the politics of the era, especially the conditions of the poor but also the industrial revolution were canvassed. Described the inner workings of the court and the mistakes that she made. I would have loved to have read more about her relationship with Albert but the snippets that were there, were delightful. Heartily recommend this book!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Betty Strohecker

    This is a beautifully done book put out as a companion to the Victoria series shown on PBS. It has wonderful full color photographs of scenes from the show as well as some pictures of the real Queen Victoria. The book comments on scenes from the series and includes facts about the real personnages in Victoria's life and pertinent political figures of the time. It is made personal with excerpts from Victoria's letters and journals. There is more here than in the TV series. I learned so much about This is a beautifully done book put out as a companion to the Victoria series shown on PBS. It has wonderful full color photographs of scenes from the show as well as some pictures of the real Queen Victoria. The book comments on scenes from the series and includes facts about the real personnages in Victoria's life and pertinent political figures of the time. It is made personal with excerpts from Victoria's letters and journals. There is more here than in the TV series. I learned so much about Victoria and the times. I highly recommend this book as a collectible and wonderful addition to any library.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I was quite disappointed in this book because while the pictures were lovely, the structure was lacking. First of all, there was one significant historical error in the book. This is especially weird because 3 pages after the error, there's literally a page from Queen Victoria's journal that contradicts the error. And the journal pages themselves were sometimes hard to read--I would have prefer a transcript of the pages instead. Also in these journals, there would sometimes be parenthetical stat I was quite disappointed in this book because while the pictures were lovely, the structure was lacking. First of all, there was one significant historical error in the book. This is especially weird because 3 pages after the error, there's literally a page from Queen Victoria's journal that contradicts the error. And the journal pages themselves were sometimes hard to read--I would have prefer a transcript of the pages instead. Also in these journals, there would sometimes be parenthetical statements that were clearly inserted by the author, but there was no distinction between them and Queen Victoria's writings. Also, the transitions between subjects was sometimes jarring. This book as a whole was only ok.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Thebooktrail

    Booktrail the locations: Victoria letters I do love a book that accompanies and enhances what you see on the television and this is just lovely! The photos are gorgeous and the behind the scenes information is very interesting. It more than enhances the book and with the historical snippets this is both a coffee table book and one to treasure. Victoria's letters are really nicely woven into a book that captures your imagination and it's a very worth purchase - one to treasure! Booktrail the locations: Victoria letters I do love a book that accompanies and enhances what you see on the television and this is just lovely! The photos are gorgeous and the behind the scenes information is very interesting. It more than enhances the book and with the historical snippets this is both a coffee table book and one to treasure. Victoria's letters are really nicely woven into a book that captures your imagination and it's a very worth purchase - one to treasure!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Luis Cuesta

    I received this book as giveaway. Inspired by the TV series "Victoria" that covers the early years and the beginning of the reign of Queen Victoria the book is worthy by itself, and you don't need to be a fan of the series to enjoy it. Victoria , the TV series, is a production filmed with meticulous attention to sets and costumes . The companion book is not filled with stills of the cast in full costume and also works as a guide to "who plays whom." But the most appealing aspect of the book, in I received this book as giveaway. Inspired by the TV series "Victoria" that covers the early years and the beginning of the reign of Queen Victoria the book is worthy by itself, and you don't need to be a fan of the series to enjoy it. Victoria , the TV series, is a production filmed with meticulous attention to sets and costumes . The companion book is not filled with stills of the cast in full costume and also works as a guide to "who plays whom." But the most appealing aspect of the book, in my opinion, is that it includes contemporary prints and paintings of Queen Victoria and her forebears, as well as excerpts from her own diaries and letters. Most importantly, the companion contains superb historical commentaries by Helen Rappaport, a highly regarded historian well known for her books on Victorian England.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    I thought that this might present a comparison between an actual historical account of the queen and several of the characters we meet in the film series. While watching season 1, I kept checking on the biographical information available on-line. The real people seem to have been quite different from the characters. For example Ernest, Albert's brother, was a libertine and contracted syphilis. From the on-line biographies he does not seem to have been the soulful character. The object of his lov I thought that this might present a comparison between an actual historical account of the queen and several of the characters we meet in the film series. While watching season 1, I kept checking on the biographical information available on-line. The real people seem to have been quite different from the characters. For example Ernest, Albert's brother, was a libertine and contracted syphilis. From the on-line biographies he does not seem to have been the soulful character. The object of his love, was considerably older than he, in her late 30's, while he is about 24/25. But then again recall Benjamin Franklin's wry comment to his son about taking a mistress: an older woman is likely to be "so grateful' and less demanding of constant attention. What I wanted was something less light and more historically informative. The pictures are great, however.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    I was amazed by Rappaport’s book about the four Romanov sisters and this one did not disappoint me either. I like how she handles historical figures objectively, writes based on real documents, diary entries and letters written by the subjects. I had a vague idea about Queen Victoria and not watched the tv show before I read this book. I’m amazed by her story and how she had to become a queen at such a young age, after being limited by her mother and her mother’s shady friend John Conroy. The li I was amazed by Rappaport’s book about the four Romanov sisters and this one did not disappoint me either. I like how she handles historical figures objectively, writes based on real documents, diary entries and letters written by the subjects. I had a vague idea about Queen Victoria and not watched the tv show before I read this book. I’m amazed by her story and how she had to become a queen at such a young age, after being limited by her mother and her mother’s shady friend John Conroy. The liberation, coming of age and falling in love with Albert were the key points of this book. I did enjoy the Four Sisters more because in this book Rappaport talks about the tv drama rather too much for my liking. I will definitely give the tv show a chance and will be reading more of Rappaport’s works. She is my favorite researcher to read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Angela Holland

    I was happy when I won this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. My daughter and I watched this show on PBS and really enjoyed it so to get the companion book was a win win. I really enjoyed reading this book. The pictures were nice. Not only did you have pictures from the mini-series but you had pictures of the real people. It was nice to not only read about the real Victoria, her court and all things royalty related but it was nice to read about the show. Most of the characters were real or based o I was happy when I won this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. My daughter and I watched this show on PBS and really enjoyed it so to get the companion book was a win win. I really enjoyed reading this book. The pictures were nice. Not only did you have pictures from the mini-series but you had pictures of the real people. It was nice to not only read about the real Victoria, her court and all things royalty related but it was nice to read about the show. Most of the characters were real or based on a real person and this book explains that. I learned a lot about the Queen from reading this book. I have not read much about her in the past. In the end they book tells how the show was made, the costumes and the scenes were all made to be historically accurate. All in all a very good book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    A Holland Reads

    I was happy when I won this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. My daughter and I watched this show on PBS and really enjoyed it so to get the companion book was a win win. I really enjoyed reading this book. The pictures were nice. Not only did you have pictures from the mini-series but you had pictures of the real people. It was nice to not only read about the real Victoria, her court and all things royalty related but it was nice to read about the show. Most of the characters were real or based o I was happy when I won this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. My daughter and I watched this show on PBS and really enjoyed it so to get the companion book was a win win. I really enjoyed reading this book. The pictures were nice. Not only did you have pictures from the mini-series but you had pictures of the real people. It was nice to not only read about the real Victoria, her court and all things royalty related but it was nice to read about the show. Most of the characters were real or based on a real person and this book explains that. I learned a lot about the Queen from reading this book. I have not read much about her in the past. In the end they book tells how the show was made, the costumes and the scenes were all made to be historically accurate. All in all a very good book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Chang

    It gives too many 1-4 page accounts of the various staff members of the palace and members of the court and government. Doesn't really add much to the story of Victoria herself. The pictures are beautiful and high quality, but there were pictures every other page and mostly of shots that are already in the TV show. I assume most people who read the book have also watched the show, so it feels like a waste of space to print so many pages of photos from the show rather than from historical paintin It gives too many 1-4 page accounts of the various staff members of the palace and members of the court and government. Doesn't really add much to the story of Victoria herself. The pictures are beautiful and high quality, but there were pictures every other page and mostly of shots that are already in the TV show. I assume most people who read the book have also watched the show, so it feels like a waste of space to print so many pages of photos from the show rather than from historical paintings or documents. Could have reduced the number of photos and had more meaningful content about Victoria and her government.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mell

    I read this on my Kindle. It's what I call a coffee table book; this is full of splashy pictures and slightly lacking in text and content. I'd rate 2.5 stars. I think hard core Queen Victoria followers and fans of the TV show might find it more appealing than I did. This book was pretty good. It's definitely more if a promo item for the series. But my Kindle version ended abruptly after a short chapter on the wet nurse hired for Victoria and Albert's first child. That was literally the last word I read this on my Kindle. It's what I call a coffee table book; this is full of splashy pictures and slightly lacking in text and content. I'd rate 2.5 stars. I think hard core Queen Victoria followers and fans of the TV show might find it more appealing than I did. This book was pretty good. It's definitely more if a promo item for the series. But my Kindle version ended abruptly after a short chapter on the wet nurse hired for Victoria and Albert's first child. That was literally the last word, and then more photos about "behind the scenes" of the show. Weird. It needed a transition, even if to say to be continued.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Helene

    This book is indeed a fantastic companion book for the ITV series Victoria, as it contains quite a few interesting insights from the show's cast. But this book really goes deeper into Victoria's early life and the people around her at the time, offering detailed information through the Queen's personal journals and correspondence on what her life really was like outside of the public eye. I wouldn't say this book brings anything new for Queen Victoria's "fans", but, that said, it is a very great This book is indeed a fantastic companion book for the ITV series Victoria, as it contains quite a few interesting insights from the show's cast. But this book really goes deeper into Victoria's early life and the people around her at the time, offering detailed information through the Queen's personal journals and correspondence on what her life really was like outside of the public eye. I wouldn't say this book brings anything new for Queen Victoria's "fans", but, that said, it is a very great starting point for people wanting to know more about the Queen's early life.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eli Claire

    A fun companion to the TV show - lots of background info about Victoria’s life, politics at the time, her complicated family tree, and behind-the-scenes bits about costuming, food, the set, etcetera. I found a few grammar and punctuation mistakes, which made me think that the book was produced quickly, but there was nothing too glaringly horrible. It was nice to read excerpts from Victoria’s diary and get deeper into the story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Charity

    Got this gorgeous coffee book as a Christmas present, and had fun reading through it. It's less a straight up biography and more interesting facts accompanied by tidbits of letters and newspaper clippings from the period, alongside beautiful full color illustrations, paintings, and images from the television series. It's really a lovely little book overall, a fun and relatively quick read, with a short section on making the series in the back. Got this gorgeous coffee book as a Christmas present, and had fun reading through it. It's less a straight up biography and more interesting facts accompanied by tidbits of letters and newspaper clippings from the period, alongside beautiful full color illustrations, paintings, and images from the television series. It's really a lovely little book overall, a fun and relatively quick read, with a short section on making the series in the back.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Charland Garvin

    Not sure if this really deserves a 4 star rating but I did enjoy all the information found in this book. I have been watching Masterpiece 's Victoria and found this a great way for more details on the series. It is loaded with lots of photos and many copies of Victoria's diaries. Unfortuantely because of the print on my reader I wasn't able to expand them to read. There are many details about the series which are interesting and thus I do recommend it. Not sure if this really deserves a 4 star rating but I did enjoy all the information found in this book. I have been watching Masterpiece 's Victoria and found this a great way for more details on the series. It is loaded with lots of photos and many copies of Victoria's diaries. Unfortuantely because of the print on my reader I wasn't able to expand them to read. There are many details about the series which are interesting and thus I do recommend it.

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