Historian Lucy Worsley
Bestselling Author and Historian, Lucy Worsley will Discuss and Sign her New Book, Queen Victoria
- Thu May 23, 2019 - 19:30
- St Francis College
Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth on 24th May, this major biography will celebrate Queen Victoria as a woman of her time, who lived an extraordinary life.
Bestselling author and historian Lucy Worsley tracks a new course through Queen Victoria's life, examining how she transformed from dancing princess to the Widow of Windsor and became one of Britain's greatest monarchs along the way. Taking twenty-four significant days from Victoria's life, from her birth, her wedding, her coronation to her husband's death, and many more in between, allows us to see Victoria up close and personal, examining how she lived hour to hour. In the process of the research Lucy discovered that Victoria could be infuriating, cruel to her children, full of self-pity. But when you realise the loneliness of her situation, you begin to excuse some of her behaviour. In doing so, you cannot help but feel admiration for Victoria, but most of all, pity. Victoria cried upon learning that she was to become queen. As her mother told her ‘you can never escape.’
Doctor Lucy Worsley is an historian, author, curator and television presenter. Lucy read history at New College, Oxford and worked for English Heritage before becoming Chief Curator at the charity Historic Royal Palaces. She also presents history programmes for the BBC, and her bestselling books include Jane Austen at Home, A Very British Murder: The Curious Story of how Crime was Turned into Art, If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home, Courtiers: the Secret History of the Georgian Court and Cavalier: The Story of a 17th century Playboy.