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When Queen Victoria died in 1901, she was the longest-reigning English monarch, Empress of India, and matriarch of most of the royal houses in Europe. In this magisterial work, one of our finest biographers finds his greatest subject. Drawing on a wealth of previously unseen material, Wilson charts Victoria's strange, isolated childhood, her marriage to Prince Albert, and her controversial friendship with John Brown, revealing an expressive, passionate and unconventional woman very different from her public image. Off-mint.