I wanted to read this book because, despite being interested in Victoria, my historical knowledge is mainly based from the 1400s to the end of Elizabeth’s reign – this book gave me the chance to learn, & I looove to learn.
I was sent this book to review as part of a blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
⚠️ This book covers all the gory details of being a royal ⚠️
At the heart of our present are the stories of our past. In ages gone by, many monarchs died while they were still young. There were battles and diseases and many were simply overthrown. But the days of regal engagement in hand-to-hand combat are over and the line of succession has a good ageing prospect these days.
One of the most famous monarchs in history is Queen Victoria and her passing brought an end to an amazing era. She could be demanding, rude and she frequently fled public duties for the solitude of Scotland. But she loved fiercely, and her people loved her fiercely in return. Under her reign, England achieved greatness it had never known before.
‘VICTORIA TO VIKINGS – The Circle of Blood’ spans from this great queen to another one: Queen Elizabeth II. Ours is the era of the longest living monarch in history and her ancestry is incredible. But walking two steps behind her, stalwart and loyal, stands Prince Philip, the strawberry to her champagne, and with him comes his own amazing Viking heritage.
This book is jam-packed with information & when I first started reading the overflow of information was a little overwhelming, but I quickly settled into it & started to eagerly soak up the all of the details. Victoria to Vikings covers a long period of time so there is a lot to learn about, but the writing was super engaging & I thoroughly enjoyed it.
As I said in my intro up top, this isn’t a part of history that I know a lot about – I know the bits about Victoria that most of us know, but after studying a module at university based on the time from the early 1400s to the death of Queen Elizabeth I all I’ve wanted is to study English history more – I actually dream about going back to university when I retire to study history. Anyway, as I don’t know much about this time in history I can’t really comment on the accuracy of Trisha Hughes’ research, & at times I could definitely feel Trisha’s opinion over-taking, however it is obvious that Trisha has worked incredibly hard on the book & that must mean that she’s been as true to history as she possibly can be. The book covers so much information & with so much care & detail that I’m genuinely shocked that it isn’t up there with all the famous history books.
As for the actual content; I really liked the depth Trisha goes into, although things did get a little confusing at times (I was tired every time I sat down with my kindle though so that could be the cause of confusion), I think that if I had read it in print it would’ve made it easier to jump back to remind myself of events or character profiles, but that’s just me… I mentioned above that the author’s opinion definitely shone through the history, but I really liked that she included “conspiracy theories” & whispers of stories that can’t necessarily be proved, but could be completely accurate, because it made the book more intriguing. But most importantly I learnt a lot, I didn’t know anything about Queen Victoria’s son, who later became Edwards VII, or later monarchs, & I found their stories fascinating. I also didn’t know that Queen Alexandra was blind from early adulthood & I now want to know a lot more about her.
Victoria to Vikings doesn’t just cover English history though, we drop into Russia a lot, as well as Germany, Spain & Italy; it was great to read about how our country was connected to the others around it, & learning about the other countries was a great bonus to the English information. Looking into all the family ties & marriages was fun, & I must admit to spending half the book itching for a mention of Anastasia – you’ll have to read it yourself to see if she does get mentioned – & it was a nice introduction to the histories of different places.
This is a long book… a very long book that takes a long time to get through but it was really interesting & I never lost interest in any of it; Trisha’s voice was entertaining & engaging, & easily made me want to read more. I learnt so much from this book, from theories about the royal connection to Jack the Ripper, to little quirks the royals had & all the gritty bits in-between. My only criticisms are the length of the chapters – it would have been nice to have the book sectioned off a bit more to make it easier to put down & pick up – & that some passages of text were repeated word for word in several sections of the book.
Nevertheless, if you’re interested in English history, & how our history influenced the history of other countries, then this is a great book to pick up (Trisha’s biography also sounds really interesting) – grab a copy of Victoria to Vikings using the links below:
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I am an Australian author born in Brisbane, Queensland now living in Hong Kong. My writing career began 18 years ago with my best-selling autobiography ‘Daughters of Nazareth’ published by Pan MacMillan Australia. Over the past 8 years, I have been researching and writing a historical fiction trilogy based on British Monarchy throughout the ages beginning with the Vikings. Originally meant to be a single book, as facts accumulated the material gradually filled three books. I call this series my V2V trilogy.
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