ISBN Paperback 978-0-9573798-0-0
Gerard Noel’s experience as a barrister equips him well to guide the reader expertly through Queen Victoria’s life.
He has a flair for such historical narratives which leaves one with a genuine empathy for the misfortunes which afflicted the central characters in this powerful human drama.
Above all this is a moving and personal story in which Gerard Noel brings to life the characters and events of the past, revealing the queen’s astonishing stoicism in the face of ill-health, the possibility, nay likelihood, of her suffering from porphyria and the personal tragedy of the early death of Prince Albert.
It builds on Gerard Noel’s ground-breaking Princess Alice, Queen Victoria’s Forgotten Daughter which is a classic of its genre, and firmly established Gerard Noel’s credentials in Victorian Biography.
Gerard Noel was called to the bar by the Inner Temple in 1952 but has made his career as a writer. His books include biographies – of Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Alice, Queen Ena of Spain, Pope Paul VI, Harold Wilson, Cardinal Hume and Senator Barry Goldwater. He has translated important works, in particular Records and Documents Relating to the Holy See and the Second World War. His books on Catholicism include The Path from Rome and The Anatomy of the Catholic Church (with Peter Stanford) and he also wrote a study of the General Strike, The Great Lock-Out of 1926.
He was editor of the Catholic Herald between 1971 and 1982, is a former Senior Research Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Freeman of the City of London.