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Becoming Queen

Author: Kate Williams
Publisher: London : Hutchinson, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"With a combination of novelistic flair and historical accuracy, Kate Williams begins by relating the heartbreaking story of Princess Charlotte, the Queen who never was, and her impact on the young Victoria. Our perception of Victoria the Queen is coloured by portraits of her older, widowed self - her dour expression embodying the repressive morality propagated in her time. But Becoming Queen reveals an energetic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Williams, Kate, 1974-
Becoming Queen.
London : Hutchinson, 2008
(OCoLC)891646389
Named Person: Charlotte Augusta, Princess of Great Britain; Victoria, Queen of Great Britain; Prinzessin) Charlotte Augusta (Großbritannien; Charlotte Augusta, Princess of Great Britain; Victoria, Queen of Great Britain
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kate Williams
ISBN: 9780091794798 009179479X
OCLC Number: 230989189
Description: xviii, 414 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Pt. 1. 1796-1817 Charlotte: The Queen Who Never Was --
1. 'The most distressing feelings of my heart' --
2. 'I find him very fat, and nothing as handsome as his portrait' --
3. An Immense Girl --
4. 'Fleas are the only enemies HRH has' --
5. The Mistress of Montague House --
6. Forming the Character of a Young Princess --
7. Sex, Lies and Scandals --
8. Prince Regent --
9. The Nunnery --
10. 'Thinking that she has a will of her own' --
11. Violent Orange Attacks --
12. The Rising Sun --
13. 'The soldiers will be ordered out' --
14. A Little Turquoise Heart --
15. The Black Sheep --
16. 'Everything I could wish & desire collected in one' --
17. Mr and Mrs Coburg --
18. 'Some strange, awkward symptoms' --
Interlude: 1817-20 Drunken Dukes --
19. 'The dregs of their dull race' --
20. 'As plump as a partridge' --
21. Alexandrina Victoria --
Pt. 2. 1820-37 Little Victoria --
22. An Idol in Kensington Palace --
23. The Nation's Hope --
24. Imperial Robes --
25. Living in a Very Simple Manner --
26. 'I was greatly pleased' --
27. Educating a Princess --
28. Sickly Uncle King --
29. Charlotte the Queen? --
30. 'The Queen does nothing but embroider flowers' --
31. 'How very old' --
32. 'When nobody wishes to change and nobody wants to give in' --
33. Victoria on Tour --
34. Victoria's Whims --
35. Crowds of Princes --
36. 'I cannot expect to live very long' --
37. 'It may all be over at any moment' --
Pt. 3. 1837-41 The Young Queen --
38. 'Just the sort of life I like' --
39. 'He is of the greatest use to me' --
40. Scandal --
41. A Way of Settling It --
42. Passing Like a Dream --
43. 'Monsters!' --
44. 'An everlasting impression' --
45. 'Children seem to literally be raining down from heaven ' --
46. 'What a hard task it is for us women' --
Epilogue: An Immense Multitude.
Responsibility: Kate Williams.
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