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An incisive tribute to one of Britain’s most powerful and influential monarchs ever. Queen of Great Britain and sovereign of an empire on which the sun never set, Victoria ruled for an unprecedented 64 years—a record only surpassed by Queen Elizabeth in 2015. With more than 200 photographs, Victoria provides an illuminating overview of her life and reign, exploring her happy marriage to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg, her subsequent friendship with the ghillie John Brown, and her Gold and Diamond Jubilees. Deborah Jaffé looks at every aspect of a remarkable era, including its politics, art, science, and society, and shows why, over a century after her death, Victoria’s influence endures today.
Deborah Jaffé is a writer, photographer, and painter. Her previous books include The History of Toys: From Spinning Tops to Robots (Sutton), Ingenious Women (Sutton), What’s Left of Henry VIII (Dial House), and How to Make a Book (in conjunction with the British Library). The reign of Victoria is of special interest to Deborah and she has conducted extensive research into the Great Exhibition of 1851, which led to an appearance on television’s History Hunters.