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Albert was dead and the Queen, stricken with grief, prepared to spend the rest of her life mourning. Her Government and her family sought to bring her out of seclusion but she was determined to remain the Widow of Windsor. The years which followed were some of the most momentous in British history, some of the Queen's ministers the most famous. There was the great Palmersto Albert was dead and the Queen, stricken with grief, prepared to spend the rest of her life mourning. Her Government and her family sought to bring her out of seclusion but she was determined to remain the Widow of Windsor. The years which followed were some of the most momentous in British history, some of the Queen's ministers the most famous. There was the great Palmerston who managed to keep a mocking ascendancy over her; Mr. Gladstone, Grand Old Man and People's William, who prowled the streets at night in an attempt to lead prostitutes back to a life of respectability, and who was no favorite of the Queen, unlike the witty Disraeli, who charmed her completely. She was surrounded by the colorful members of her family - sons, daughters, their wives and husbands, her grandchildren. There was the censorious Vicky, Crown Princess of Prussia and Empress-to-be who suffered great domestic tragedy; Louise who married outside royalty; Lenchen and baby Beatrice; there was Alfred whose amorous adventures caused his mother such concern and Leopold whose ill health was an even greater anxiety; there was Arthur who had inherited his father's goodness; and above all there was Bertie, Prince of Wales and heir to the throne. Suppressed in his father's lifetime he was determined to pursue pleasure for the rest of his life and his passions were racing and fascinating women. His adventures twice brought him into the witness box to give evidence in famous trials which created the scandals of the decade, and brought sorrow and humiliation to Alexandra, whose happy childhood in the Yellow Palace had ill prepared her for life with the gay and charming philanderer whom she discovered her husband to be. But Queen Victoria at Windsor, Balmoral, Osborne or Buckingham Palace cannot fail to dominate the scene. Her relationship with John Brown, the rough Highlander, gave rise to speculation, but she was impervious to scandal. All the fascinating characters of an unforgettable age rotate about her like planets round the sun; and she remained the great Queen until the moment of her death and the passing of an era.


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Albert was dead and the Queen, stricken with grief, prepared to spend the rest of her life mourning. Her Government and her family sought to bring her out of seclusion but she was determined to remain the Widow of Windsor. The years which followed were some of the most momentous in British history, some of the Queen's ministers the most famous. There was the great Palmersto Albert was dead and the Queen, stricken with grief, prepared to spend the rest of her life mourning. Her Government and her family sought to bring her out of seclusion but she was determined to remain the Widow of Windsor. The years which followed were some of the most momentous in British history, some of the Queen's ministers the most famous. There was the great Palmerston who managed to keep a mocking ascendancy over her; Mr. Gladstone, Grand Old Man and People's William, who prowled the streets at night in an attempt to lead prostitutes back to a life of respectability, and who was no favorite of the Queen, unlike the witty Disraeli, who charmed her completely. She was surrounded by the colorful members of her family - sons, daughters, their wives and husbands, her grandchildren. There was the censorious Vicky, Crown Princess of Prussia and Empress-to-be who suffered great domestic tragedy; Louise who married outside royalty; Lenchen and baby Beatrice; there was Alfred whose amorous adventures caused his mother such concern and Leopold whose ill health was an even greater anxiety; there was Arthur who had inherited his father's goodness; and above all there was Bertie, Prince of Wales and heir to the throne. Suppressed in his father's lifetime he was determined to pursue pleasure for the rest of his life and his passions were racing and fascinating women. His adventures twice brought him into the witness box to give evidence in famous trials which created the scandals of the decade, and brought sorrow and humiliation to Alexandra, whose happy childhood in the Yellow Palace had ill prepared her for life with the gay and charming philanderer whom she discovered her husband to be. But Queen Victoria at Windsor, Balmoral, Osborne or Buckingham Palace cannot fail to dominate the scene. Her relationship with John Brown, the rough Highlander, gave rise to speculation, but she was impervious to scandal. All the fascinating characters of an unforgettable age rotate about her like planets round the sun; and she remained the great Queen until the moment of her death and the passing of an era.

30 review for The Widow of Windsor

  1. 5 out of 5

    ``Laurie Henderson

    The 4th and final book In Jean Plaidy's, Queen Victoria series. Excellent series that I want to recommend to any of you wanting to learn more about Queen Victoria and her era. The 4th and final book In Jean Plaidy's, Queen Victoria series. Excellent series that I want to recommend to any of you wanting to learn more about Queen Victoria and her era.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    First sentence: Mourning hung heavily over Windsor. The Queen was stunned; now and then her tears would cease and she would ask in a bewildered voice: "It's not true? Tell me it's not true. This time last year he was with us. Oh God, how could this be? I always believed we should go together." Premise/plot: The Widow of Windsor chronicles the last decades of Queen Victoria's life, starting with the death of Prince Albert in 1861 and ending with her own death in 1901. The book does not focus on Qu First sentence: Mourning hung heavily over Windsor. The Queen was stunned; now and then her tears would cease and she would ask in a bewildered voice: "It's not true? Tell me it's not true. This time last year he was with us. Oh God, how could this be? I always believed we should go together." Premise/plot: The Widow of Windsor chronicles the last decades of Queen Victoria's life, starting with the death of Prince Albert in 1861 and ending with her own death in 1901. The book does not focus on Queen Victoria alone, but also on her children, their spouses, and her grandchildren. A marginal story line, in fact, despite the misleading book jacket, is the Queen's relationship with Mr. John Brown. Politics is never far from center stage either. My thoughts: This one is well worth reading despite the melodramatic jacket copy. The good news is that The Widow of Windsor is NOT the book described in the jacket copy. I have taken to reading Plaidy's jacket copy in a certain voice in my head, starting with "Jean Plaidy who is also Victoria Holt." In the matter of The Widow of Windsor, it's dreadful: "She was the Queen. She was a widow. But she was also a woman...." How could you not read that in a melodramatic way?! I enjoyed reading this one very much. I enjoyed learning more about Bertie (Edward VII) and his wife Alix (Alexandra). Scandal was never far away from the Prince of Wales. The book shows him at his best and worst. Queen Victoria's other children are also very much present in the novel, though not all equally.

  3. 5 out of 5

    June Louise

    "The Widow of Windsor" is the final book in the Victorians series, obviously covering the life of Queen Victoria and her family following the death of the Prince Consort, Prince Albert. It's plain that Victoria never got over the death of her "Sainted One", wearing black every day, even to weddings and state occasions. Not only has Victoria got Albert's death to overcome but her son Bertie, and also Alfred to a degree, are up to no good with their merrymaking and undesirable company; giving the "The Widow of Windsor" is the final book in the Victorians series, obviously covering the life of Queen Victoria and her family following the death of the Prince Consort, Prince Albert. It's plain that Victoria never got over the death of her "Sainted One", wearing black every day, even to weddings and state occasions. Not only has Victoria got Albert's death to overcome but her son Bertie, and also Alfred to a degree, are up to no good with their merrymaking and undesirable company; giving the Press plenty to gossip about. Enter John Brown, the Queen's favourite Scottish servant from Balmoral (who seemed to have a more familiar relationship with the Queen than he should), a few Prime Ministers (Gladstone, and Disraeli who seemed to hold a similar position in Victoria's heart as Lord Melbourne did just after she was crowned Queen); and several wars which split the Queen's children as far as loyalties are concerned. There are deaths, marriages, and an uncanny death on the anniversary of Prince Albert's demise. I have learned a lot from this series of books, and I personally think Jean Plaidy was one of the best authors of this genre. Easy to read, hard to put down, it's a roller coaster ride, which in a way, makes one feel glad one is not Royal! Highly recommended.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I loved Jean Plaidy's book series about Queen Victoria and this final one dealing with the latter years of her life after Albert's death. So much happened during this time period too and loved getting to learn more about her children as they became adults, her relationships with John Brown and Benjamin Disraeli, various other historical people and events, and how her grandchildren would sadly start WWI. Looking forward to checking out Jean's other historical novels now. I loved Jean Plaidy's book series about Queen Victoria and this final one dealing with the latter years of her life after Albert's death. So much happened during this time period too and loved getting to learn more about her children as they became adults, her relationships with John Brown and Benjamin Disraeli, various other historical people and events, and how her grandchildren would sadly start WWI. Looking forward to checking out Jean's other historical novels now.

  5. 5 out of 5

    P B Starling

    The widow of Windsor Jean Plaidy has kept me interested in history and the way she has written this book of four about Victoria and A!bert has kept me fixed to the very end. I recommend Jean Plaidy to anybody who wants to read

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alisha

    Excellent historical fiction; I suspect it lifts so much from diaries and letters that it's barely fictionalized at all. It really brings to life the historical figures that usually just flit by as names without personalities. Excellent historical fiction; I suspect it lifts so much from diaries and letters that it's barely fictionalized at all. It really brings to life the historical figures that usually just flit by as names without personalities.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Smith

    This covers the years of her reign from the 1860s till her death in 1901. Synopsis: Albert was dead and the Queen, stricken with grief, prepared to spend the rest of her life mourning. Her Government and her family sought to bring her out of seclusion but she was determined to remain the Widow of Windsor. The years which followed were some of the most momentous in British history, some of the Queen's ministers the most famous. There was the great Palmerston who managed to keep a mocking ascendancy This covers the years of her reign from the 1860s till her death in 1901. Synopsis: Albert was dead and the Queen, stricken with grief, prepared to spend the rest of her life mourning. Her Government and her family sought to bring her out of seclusion but she was determined to remain the Widow of Windsor. The years which followed were some of the most momentous in British history, some of the Queen's ministers the most famous. There was the great Palmerston who managed to keep a mocking ascendancy over her; Mr. Gladstone, Grand Old Man and the People's William (Gladstone), who prowled the streets at night in an attempt to lead prostitutes back to a life of respectability, and who was not a favourite of the Queen, unlike the witty Disraeli, who charmed her completely. She was surrounded by the colourful members of her family --sons, daughters, their wives and husbands, her grandchildren. There was the censorious Vicky, Crown Princess of Prussia and Empress-to-be who suffered great domestic tragedy; Louise who married outside royalty; Lenchen and baby Beatrice; there was Alfred whose amorous adventures caused his mother such concern and Leopold whose ill health was an even greater anxiety; there was Arthur who had inherited his father's goodness; and above all there was Bertie, Prince of Wales and heir to the throne. Suppressed in his father's lifetime, he was determined to pursue pleasure for the rest of his life and his passions were racing and fascinating women. His adventures twice brought him into the witness box to give evidence in famous trials which created the scandals of the decade, and brought sorrow and humiliation to Alexandra, whose happy childhood in the Yellow Palace of Denmark had ill prepared her for life with the gay and charming philanderer whom she discovered her husband to be. But, Queen Victoria at Windsor, Balmoral, Osborne or Buckingham Palace cannot fail to dominate the scene. Her relationship with John Brown, the rough Highlander, gave rise to speculation, but she was impervious to scandal. All the fascinating characters of an unforgettable age rotate about her like planets round the sun; she remained the great Queen until the moment of her death and the passing of an era.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Freeman

    This is the first book I have read by this author and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I found it very interesting and I learned a tonne about the Royal Family during this time in history. I was intrigued to see people who had been characters in other books I have read, play a role in this book giving a new perspective on the person.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Coyne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This era is never going to be as interesting as plagnets or tudors. Its one of the sad books where she mourns for albert and everyone passes away. Enjoy that it mentions the children who are now grown up plus the grandchildren but you might neex tissues

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Stanbury

    so sad

  11. 4 out of 5

    M

    I'm done with this author. She needed a good editor! I'm done with this author. She needed a good editor!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Trish

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  14. 4 out of 5

    Neesa

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Monaghan

  16. 4 out of 5

    Xavier Zhapan

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linda Lauter

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jo Ann

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karen Brotzman

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

  23. 4 out of 5

    trisha

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carey Jacobsen

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Berry

  26. 4 out of 5

    Uliana

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mrs B

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Homer

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amber Rogan

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