For Love Glory AND HONOR HER LITTLE MAJESTY Essay

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For Love Glory AND HONOR HER LITTLE MAJESTY





For Love, Glory, and Honor
By: Julia Schwartz
E-mail: Juicy613@aol.com

FOR LOVE, GLORY, AND HONOR HER LITTLE MAJESTY: THE LIFE OF QUEEN VICTORIA Author: Carolly
Erickson Report Written By: Julia Schwartz November 1, 1999 FOR LOVE, GLORY, AND HONOR Her
Little Majesty: The Life of Queen Victoria, written by Carolly Erickson, was a candid tale
of the life of Victoria, a British queen whose obstinate and pertinacious behavior helped
to maintain England's impenetrable reign over the rest of the world. Erickson aimed to
prove that women, such as Victoria, were entirely competent of governing themselves and
others, even though women were regarded as inferior and in need of male supervision. The
author successfully accomplished her purpose of depicting Victoria in a positive light by
imforming the reader of how she managed to triumph over adversity despiite her callous
upbringing. Princess Alexandria Victoria was born on May 24, 1819, to the Duke and Duchess
of Kent in Kensington Palace. Unfortunately, the Duke passed away shortly after her birth.
Therefore, Victoria's upbringing was left in the hands of her avaricious and irascible
mother in the hands of her father's tyrannical equerry, Captain Conroy. With only their
own self-interests in mind, Victoria's care takers attempted to deprive the young princess
of her childhood by enforcing stringent rules and by confining her to the palace. Her own
relatives tired to deny her noteworthy status of being third in line for the throne, and
they publicly regarded her as an intruder. However, there were, in fact, many favorable
aspects of Victoria;s childhood and adolescence. Victoria was taught the grace of dance
and the beauty of art in her childhood, and she learned to appreciate her future role as
queen through her extensive study of British history. She was quite a determined and
uncompromising young princess, and this attitude remained with her throughout her reign as
Queen of England. Soon after the death of King William IV, Princess Victoria was crowned
as queen at the legal age of eighteen. Queen Victoria aspired to be a fit and upright
ruler of England, and iwth the assistance of the English government, Victoria was able to
constitute order in all areas of her empire. Her marriage to her cousin, Prince Albert of
Sax-Coburg-Gotha, was very advantageous and favorable for both Victoria and her empire.
Albert privided the emotional stability that Victoria required in that period of time, and
he also supplied England with his wonderful expertise in political and social issues.
Their marriage produced nine children who continued this English dynasty after the death
of their parents. Albert's tragic death had a detrimental impact on Victoria's life
because her husbands served as an emotional crutch for her, and she suddenly felt
overwhelmed by her responsibilities as queen. However, with the guidance of her
extraordinary prime ministers, Victoria was able to be victorious in wars in Crimea an
Prussia. Uner Victoria's rule, England was able to assert its power over India, a country
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