Anyone who has taken a walk through London knows that the city is full of tributes to Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. But I didn’t actually feel a need to learn anymore until I took a break from my research paper on removing dams last night to watch “The Young Victoria”, a recent Hollywood portrayal of the early days of Queen Victoria’s reign and the beginning of her relationship with Prince Albert. The movie actually prompted Rebecca of Rebecca Reads to embark on her Victorian summer, and now I can’t help but want to read more about this English monarch.

This list includes books that are more of a broad introduction to the Queen and her life (as well as that of her husband), but there are a few that are more specific in their focus (i.e. the fact that hemophilia in European royalty can be traced back to her). All the books are linked to GoodReads. Enjoy!

“Queen Victoria and family”. Photocopy of painting retrieved on November 20, 2010 from here.