Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces treats readers to a peek into a version of Queen Victoria’s teen years in her historical YA novel, My Name Is Victoria.
Much of Queen Victoria’s childhood was spent in relative isolation at Kensington Palace. Her mother, the dowager Duchess of Kent along with her advisor and Comptroller, Sir John Conroy devised the Kensington System. It was a means of keeping Victoria under their control and secluded from society. They hoped to eventually rule as Regent. Luckily, Victoria became queen after her eighteenth birthday.
Worsley takes a spin on history and imagines Victoria’s life with Sir John’s daughter as a companion. This was indeed the case but what if they had become dear friends? What mischief and plans would they have dreamt up?
My Name Is Victoria is an easy to read novel particularly suited to younger YA readers. It is sure to please and delight readers of historical fiction. Overall, an extremely satisfying read.
My Name Is Victoria
Author: Lucy Worsley
Miss V. Conroy is good at keeping secrets. She likes to sit as quiet as a mouse, neat and discreet. But when her father sends her to Kensington Palace to become the companion to Princess Victoria, Miss V soon finds that she can no longer remain in the shadows. Her father is Sir John Conroy, confidant and financial advisor to Victoria’s mother, and he has devised a strict set of rules for the young princess that he calls the Kensington System. It governs Princess Victoria’s behavior and keeps her locked away from the world. Sir John says it’s for the princess’s safety, but Victoria herself is convinced that it’s to keep her lonely and unhappy. Torn between loyalty to her father and her growing friendship with the willful and passionate princess, Miss V has a decision to make: continue in silence or speak out. In an engaging, immersive tale, Lucy Worsley spins one of England’s best-known periods into a fresh and surprising story that will delight both young readers of historical fiction and fans of the television show featuring Victoria.By turns thrilling, dramatic, and touching, this is the story of Queen Victoria’s childhood as you’ve never heard it before.
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