Queen Victoria

A Biographical Companion

by Helen Rappaport


Contrary to legend, evidence suggests Queen Victoria was often amused during her remarkable 64 years on the throne. Readers will find a wealth of such interesting observations and facts in this fascinating reference work, which puts her life and times in quick perspective.

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May 2003


Pages 465
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics World History/Politics and Government
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This resource covers the life, times, and relationships of Queen Victoria, providing information about her children, her personal interests, the historic times in which she ruled, and the leaders she influenced.

In this fascinating guide to every aspect of Queen Victoria's life, author Helen Rappaport analyzes the queen's personality, celebrates her achievements, and details the shortcomings of her empire, both in Britain, with its continuing divide between rich and poor, and overseas, where Britain's great empire was won by repression and exploitation.

A–Z entries—including topics barely touched in standard biographies—cover things like the various assassination attempts on her life, her interest in dancing and Jack the Ripper's murders, and how her husband Prince Albert introduced the celebration of Christmas to England. Queen Victoria also describes individuals such as her companion Lady Jane Churchill, her physician Sir James Clark, and politicians such as William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli; events like the Irish potato famine; inventions like steam power; and issues such as missionary activity and prostitution. It also includes bibliographies both for each entry and overall, and a chronology.


  • A complete A–Z reference on Queen Victoria—a unique resource focusing on all aspects of her public and private life
  • Generous illustrations, with drawings and photographs of people, places, and events including Eugenie, Empress of France, a close friend of the queen's; Sir Robert Peel, statesman, whom the queen initially loathed; the queen's family, companions, and advisors; and locations such as the Royal Mausoleum, built by the queen as the resting place of Prince Albert


  • The only A–Z reference on Queen Victoria featuring unusual royal lore and little-known information, this reference covers subjects that standard biographies mention only in passing
  • Each entry cites published biographies, autobiographies, or monographs in English
Author Info

Helen Rappaport is a professional writer, researcher, Russian translator, and historical consultant, specializing in the 19th century. Her published works include ABC-CLIO's Encyclopedia of Women Social Reformers.



"[P]art of ABC-CLIO's Biographical Companions series, which profiles people who have had significant impact on the social, political, and cultural development of the Western world . . . For larger academic libraries attempting to augment undergraduate collections in European history, or large public libraries needing to provide history buffs with basic information about the queen and her era."Choice

"[R]ecommended for high school, public, and academic libraries."Booklist

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