[read online epub] Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an EmpireAuthor Julia Baird – Z55z.co

Victoria the Queen, Julia Bairds exquisitely wrought and meticulously researched biography, brushes the dusty myth off this extraordinary monarch Right out of the gate, the book thrums with authority as Baird builds her portrayal of Victoria Overturning stereotypes, she rips this queen down to the studs and creates her anew Bairds Victoria isnt the woman we expect to meet Her queen is a pure iconoclast emotional, demonstrative, sexual and driven Baird writes in the round She constructs a dynamic historical figure, then spins out a spherical world of elegant reference, anchoring the narrative in specific detail and pinning down complex swaths of history that, in less capable hands, would simply blow awayThe New York Times Book Review Editors Choice In this in depth look at a feminist before her time, youll balk at, cheer on, and mourn the obstacles in the life of the teen queen who grew into her throneMarie ClaireExhilaratingA frisky, adventurous new biographyThis book shows how Victorias girlish naughtiness turned into a regal, willful, complex nature that other biographers have tended to simplify Julia Baird brings a strong feminist awareness to the ways in which Victorias letters, edited by two men, have been censored to excise the full range of her personality, and also to the subordinate role any wife was expected to assume when Victoria was a young brideJanet Maslin, The New York Times FascinatingVogue In Bairds deft portrayal, Victoria lives, breathes, and struts before us in all her complexity On a geopolitical level, Bairds sweeping historical portrait also illuminates just how interconnected the European royal families were during this time Historical astuteness aside, the pages gallop along enhanced by titillating morsels of infoEsquire A vivid portrait of one of Englands longest reigning monarchsEntertainment Weekly A success from start to finishBairds Victoria is a vivid, visceral creature Baird also does a lively, excellent job of detailing Victorias later years She paints a touching picture of those final decades, during which Victoria strove to feel alive despite the fact that the great love of her life was deadThe Christian Science Monitor Like the best biographers, Baird writes like a novelist, and her book is crammed with irresistible detail and descriptionThe Seattle Times Baird thoroughly and engagingly strives to restore a truer perspective of both woman and sovereign in her fine work, Victoria The Queen Bairds biography successfully presents the queen in all of her roles, some of which were contradictory, to show how Victoria did indeed have a mind of her owndespite her husband and prime ministersand lived and ruled the way she thought bestChicago Tribune Julia Bairds research uncovered a wealth of new material that gives a fuller, three dimensional profile of the English queen who reigned over a quarter of the known world She writes in a fluent, conversational style that helps readers understand the role of royalty in nineteenth century EnglandFredericksburg Free Lance Star Baird emphasizes Victorias private side and guides us through her personal life with a sympathetic touch She makes excellent use of Victorias voluminous personal writings and humanizes this forbidding figure Baird brings a compassionate humanity to the story of Victoria, and leaves us with a fresh understanding of her influential rule and, just as importantly, her interior life This Victoria has a strong, beating heartNewsday SpellbindingJulia Bairds biography of Queen Victoria reads like a novelOttawa Citizen Victoria The Queenis that rare bird of serious historical biography, a page turner Writing with grace and authority, Baird reaches well beyond the conventional image of a reclusive and compliant queen to reveal a robust and interventionist ruler, iron willed, uncompromising and sexually chargeda most unvictorian woman As a writer and historian, Baird has a wonderful gift for compressing complicated personalities and historical eventsDallas Morning News Baird writes with such spirit and well founded authority that readers will feel as though the story of the famous British queen is being told for the first time Baird does not turn a blind eye on Victorias darker sides, including her willfulness, selfishness, and self pity But that simply adds dimensions to a significant characterBooklist starred review Baird convincingly reframes the public perception of Victoria as a mother, along with providing unprecedented insight into her relationships following Prince Alberts death Baird crafts a comprehensive study of the monarch and others with whom she was involved in an engaging, smoothly rendered narrative Highly recommended for those interested in British history and the integral figures who shaped it, as well as readers looking for an excellent biographyLibrary Journal starred review Baird draws on previously unpublished sources to fashion a lively, perceptive portrait of the long reigning queen Baird shrewdly assesses the quality of the queens family life and creates sharply drawn portraits of the major players in her circle A well researched biography sensitive to Queen Victoria as a womanKirkus ReviewsVictoria was young enough when she assumed the throne to consult with her prime minister about her eyebrows were they too thin , confident enough when she married to elect to preserve the word obey in her vowsJulia Baird vividly captures her in every light, at once bold and sentimental, stubborn and deferential Victoria The Queen is a crisp, sparkling account of the extraordinary woman whose reign was as long as her legacy is vastStacy Schiff A stunning achievementNeither sanitized nor mythologizing, Victoria The Queen is a remarkably lucid, endlessly engaging account of Queen Victorias life and ruleAmanda Foreman With elegance and keen insight, Julia Baird has painted a memorable, moving, and surprising portrait of one of the most important women in history This is a remarkable book in Bairds hands, Victorias story resonates in our own time, shedding new light on why we live the way we do nowJon Meacham What was it like to reign over the worlds greatest empire as queenbut in an age when women were supposed to be submissive, supportive, subservient Baird does not shy away from reality or complexity She has given us a moving, lusty, passionate, thoroughly human story of one of the most fascinating women of her, or any, timeEvan ThomasJulia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster, and author based in Sydney, Australia She is a columnist for the International New York Times and host of The Drum on ABC TV Australia Her writing has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Monthly, and Harpers Bazaar She has a PhD in history from the University of Sydney In , Baird was a fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University