Victoria and Albert
by Hector Bolitho
Pub Date 10 Aug 2017
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On February 10, 1840 a young Queen formed a union that would define an age.
Victoria and Albert charts the passionate relationship of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and examines how their loving and forward-thinking union propelled Britain into a golden age of innovation, conquest and social reform. Drawing on diary entries, contemporary letters and memoirs, Bolitho explores how Victoria defied expectations and created a new dawn in which sovereignty and domesticity were unified. While many monarchies across Europe were threatened with revolution, Queen Victoria became a symbol of security for her nation by leading Britain through the advancing industrial age, taxing European wars, and glories of an empire.
This sincere account paints a portrait of a concerned mother, a dutiful wife, and a resolute Queen.
Hector Bolitho (28 May 1897–12 September 1974) was a New Zealand journalist, novelist and biographer, who published fifty-nine books. Born in Aukland, he spent most of his career in England, where during World War II he worked as an intelligence officer for the RAF, editing the Royal Air Force Journal.
Widely travelled, he drew inspiration from his observations and experiences for his literary work. He journeyed in the South Sea Islands in 1919 and then through New Zealand with the Prince of Wales in 1920, going on to see Africa, Australia, Canada, America, and Germany in 1923–24, finally settling in Britain where he was to remain for the rest of his life.