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Subject: Jean Plaidy and Queen Victoria
Date Posted: 1/25/2010 8:00 PM ET
Member Since: 6/26/2007
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Hi everybody,

I just recently had my interest in Queen Victoria sparked after seeing The Young Victoria, and when I checked for fiction about her life, I came across Victoria Victorious by Jean Plaidy and bought it.

I know Plaidy is a prolific author who's had a bunch of reprints, so when I was looking though her backlist on Wikipedia, I found that she did a series on Queen Victoria in the seventies. The titles are:

  1. The Captive of Kensington Palace
  2. The Queen and Lord M
  3. The Queen's Husband
  4. The Widow of Windsor

I assume Victoria Victorious is different from these books, but if it's not, I'm curious to know if VV could be a reprint of the series into one book? I'm thinking not, as VV was allegedly out in 1985 according to Wikipedia, and the Queen Victoria series was from 1972-4, but I wouldn't want to get the series and then be gypped! :)

I'd appreciate if any Plaidy fans could clarify this-- if the books are just Plaidy's early work on Queen Victoria and VV was a separate work, or if the current VV is a reprint. Thank you!

- Tracy

Date Posted: 1/25/2010 8:24 PM ET
Member Since: 8/12/2005
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Hi Tracy. Victoria Victorious is indeed a separate book. It is part of Plaidy's Queens of England series (a group of standalone novels about different queens.)

The four-volume Victoria series has been reprinted in the UK.


Last Edited on: 1/25/10 8:59 PM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 1/25/2010 8:29 PM ET
Member Since: 6/26/2007
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Thanks very much! I thought they were but wasn't sure. This was a big help!