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The Greville Memoirs (Second Part) A Journal of the Reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1852 (Volume 1 of 3)   By: (1794-1865)

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The Greville Memoirs (Second Part) by Charles Greville is an extraordinary historical account that provides an intimate and captivating glimpse into the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1852. As the private secretary to the monarch, Greville uncovers his personal observations and experiences, presenting a unique perspective on the political and personal life of one of Britain's most iconic queens.

Volume 1 of this three-part memoir is a meticulous compilation of Greville's journal entries, which showcase his keen eye for detail and his engaging writing style. From the very first page, readers are drawn into the inner workings of the royal court and the political scandals of the time.

Greville's narrative takes us on a journey through some of the most significant events of the era, including the rise of Chartism, the Irish Potato Famine, and the popularity of the British empire. However, what truly sets this memoir apart is Greville's ability to provide unprecedented insight into the life and character of Queen Victoria herself.

Throughout the narration, Greville's reflections on the Queen's personal relationships, her political decisions, and her views on various matters add depth and complexity to our understanding of this influential figure. His honest and critical observations offer a vivid portrayal of Victoria's character, transcending the typical hagiographic depictions often associated with the monarchy.

Furthermore, the memoir successfully contextualizes the broader social and political landscape of the period. Greville masterfully weaves together his personal experiences with the larger historical events of the time, crafting a narrative that effortlessly combines the personal and the political.

While Greville's perspective may be at times subjective, it is precisely this personal lens that gives the memoir its charm and authenticity. His wit and sharp intellect shine through in his observations, making for an entertaining and enlightening read.

However, it is worth mentioning that this book may not be suited for casual readers or those unfamiliar with the Victorian era. The level of detail and the multitude of characters can occasionally be overwhelming, requiring a certain level of interest and commitment to fully appreciate the richness of the text.

In conclusion, The Greville Memoirs (Second Part) Volume 1 is an invaluable resource for historians, enthusiasts of the Victorian era, and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Queen Victoria and the political landscape of her reign. Charles Greville's eloquent and insightful writing, combined with his unique position within the royal court, make this memoir a compelling and enlightening read.

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Transcriber's note:

In this work, all spellings and punctuation were reproduced from the original work except in the very few cases where an obvious typo occurred. These typos are corrected without comment.

In the original work, monetary pounds were expressed as an italicized "l." after the number. For the text version, I am using the more conventional £100 form for clarity.

In the original volumes in this set, each even numbered page had a header consisting of the page number, the volume title, and the chapter number. The odd numbered page header consisted of the year of the diary entry, a subject phrase, and the page number. In this set of e books, the year is included as part of the date (which in the original volume were in the form reproduced here, minus the year). The subject phrase has been converted to sidenotes, usually positioned where it seemed most logical but occasionally simply between two paragraphs of the even odd pair.

In the original book set, consisting of three volumes, the master index was in Volume 3. In this set of e books, the index has been duplicated into each of the other volumes. To make the index easier to use in this work, the page number has been added to each Diary date... Continue reading book >>




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