Author(s): Julia Baird
Fifth in line to the throne at the time of her birth in 1819, Victoria was an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary role. Drawing on previously unpublished sources that include fresh revelations about Victoria's relationship with her servant John Brown, New York Times columnist Julia Baird brings vividly to life the fascinating story of a woman who struggled with so many of the things we do today: balancing work and family, raising children, navigating marital strife, losing parents, combating anxiety and self-doubt, finding an identity, searching for meaning. In an era when women were often powerless, Victoria was a symbol of steadfastness and security-the queen of a quarter of the world's population at the height of the British Empire's reach. This sweeping, page-turning biography gives us the real woman behind the myth: a bold, glamorous, unbreakable queen-a Victoria for our times, a Victoria who endured. Book jacket.