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!
- Becoming Queen Victoria: The Tragic Death of Princess Charlotte and the Unexpected Rise of Britain’s Greatest Monarch (Kate Williams)
- Beloved & Darling Child: Last Letters Between Queen Victoria & Her Eldest Daughter, 1886-1901 (Agatha Ramm)
- Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria (Julia P. Gelardi)
- Her Little Majesty: The Life of Queen Victoria(Carolly Erickson)
- Last Days of Glory: The Death of Queen Victoria (Tony Rennell)
- My Mistress the Queen: The Letters of Frieda Arnold, Dresser to Queen Victoria (Benita Stoney and Heinrich C. Weltzien)
- Queen Victoria (Elizabeth Longford)
- Queen Victoria (Lytton Strachey)
- Queen Victoria: First Media Monarch (John Plunkett)
- Queen Victoria at Home (Michael De-La-Noy)
- Queen Victoria’s Gene: Hemophilia and the Royal Family (D. M. Potts & W. T. W. Potts)
- Queen Victoria’s Children (John Van Der Kiste)
- Queen Victoria’s Family: A Century of Photographs 1840-1940 (Charlotte Zeepvat, Charlotte)
- Twilight of Splendor: The Court of Queen Victoria During Her Diamond Jubilee Year (Greg King)
- Uncrowned King: The Life of Prince Albert (Stanley Weintraub)
- Victoria and Albert (Richard Alexander Hough)
- Victoria’s Daughters (Jerrold M. Packard)
- We Two (Gillian Gill) — Also reviewed by Rebecca.
“Queen Victoria and family”. Photocopy of painting retrieved on November 20, 2010 from here.