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Monday, 26 January 2009

Elizabeth Longford's "Victoria R.I."

I have been reading this wonderful book again and the more often I return to it, the more brilliant it appears. Elizabeth Longford not only writes with such lucidity and humour, but also includes so many interesting anecdotes. Her chapters on Queen Victoria's childhood are especially fascinating.
It is so clear that the author loves and respects her subject - something which is lacking in several other biographies of Queen Victoria. I can think of few things more dull or insulting than those books which recount facts and more facts as though their subjects were mere puppets or cardboard cut-outs. Elizabeth Longford, like Hannah Pakula, is the very opposite of that kind of writing.
This really is a wonderful book - in my opinion, the most wonderful biography of the Queen that I have ever come across,

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