Review of Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird

Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire - Julia Baird

I had wanted to read a book about Victoria for quite some time.  It was a gap in my knowledge so to speak.  I really enjoyed this book.  Baird writes very well, and in many places this read like a novel.  I was a bit disappointed in Victoria the person and found myself thinking many times that she needed to get over herself.  She also played much less of a role in administering the British Empire than I would have thought. The biography focused mostly on her personal life, and while it was very interesting, I would have liked to have seen more on the international relations of the time.