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Queen Victoria inherited the throne at eighteen and went on to become the longest-reigning female monarch in history, in a time of intense industrial, cultural, political, scientific and military change within the United Kingdom and great imperial expansion outside of it (she was made Empress of India in 1876).
Overturning the established picture of the dour old lady, this is a fresh and engaging portrait from Jane Ridley, one of our most talented royal biographers.
Part of the acclaimed Penguin Monarchs series: short, fresh, expert accounts of England’s rulers.
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