Victoria to Vikings: The Circle of Blood
by Trisha Hughes
About the Book
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 a 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.
What an amazing way to spend my time, reading this completely mesmerizing and enthralling book!!!! It is full of history yet told in the form of a story!
“At the heart of our present are the stories of our past. It’s the story of all people, in all places, at all times and because we know that history, we can decide what may happen in the future.”
This book chronicles the reign from Victoria to the beginning reign of Elizabeth II. Yes, there were men who ruled in the meantime, but the bulk of this book is about two incredible women, both in the very beginning of their adulthood. Yet, they became two formidable queens who would change England forever.
I have never read anything quite like this book! I’m a huge fan of history, especially British history. This reads much like a family saga, and it is to a certain extent. There were historical facts that I wasn’t aware of. I enjoyed discovering the path to becoming queen for both Victoria and Elizabeth…I believe that fate had a great deal to do with that.
As I wrote earlier, there are chapters about the men who ruled in between Victoria and Elizabeth, but a huge chunk of the book was given to Victoria. She was a very complex woman, spoiled, moody, but she kept her country’s interests first. The author showed her readers who these women were as individuals, not just simply queens. I came away from this book with massive respect for each of them.
I had not read her book prior to this one, Virgin to Victoria. However, I was only half way through this book, and I downloaded it. I cannot give this book enough praise or stars. Trisha Hughes truly outdid herself. I’m looking forward to reading more from her in the future.
Meet the Author
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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