Our perception of Queen Victoria is coloured by portraits of her older, widowed self and the repressive morality of her time. But her early years reveal an energetic and vibrant woman, determined to battle for power. In her new book, “Becoming Queen”, the historian and author Kate Williams tells the little known story of how Victoria came to power, and how the tragic death of Princess Charlotte impacted on her reign. Kate reveals the complex machinations behind Victoria's quest for the throne, including her difficult relationship with her ambitious mother and her mother’s closest advisor, John Conroy.
“Becoming Queen” by Kate Williams is published by Hutchinson , ISBN 978-0-091-79479-8