Victoria: The Queen
Where: The 92nd Street Y, New York
1395 Lexington Ave.
212-415-5500 Price: $25
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Her reach was enormous: a century, a vast empire, nine children, forty-two grandchildren. Author and journalist Julia Baird introduces us to Queen Victoria as she truly was: passionate, clever, stubborn, a woman who loved sex and delighted in power.
Victoria was 18 years old when she ascended to the most powerful position in the world. For over 60 years, she reigned through an era of overwhelming change, becoming a symbol of steadfastness and security at a time when science, technology and democracy dramatically reshaped the world. Victoria ruled her country and her home with an iron will — breaking free of a controlling mother; surviving seven assassination attempts; placating her beloved husband, Prince Albert, as he wrestled with his diminished role as queen consort; and exerting edicts and decorum over her unruly brood, some of whom went on to rule Germany, Russia, Spain, Greece, Norway and Romania.
The result of a journey that took Baird to the cottage of Victoria’s former doctor, Victoria: The Queen draws on previously unpublished papers that include revelations about Victoria’s relationship with her servant John Brown. These new insights paired with rich history and a swift narrative pace tell the riveting story of “the most famous working mother in the world.”Buy tickets/get more info now