Victoria Rebels by Carolyn Meyer – Character Interview & Tour Giveaway

Welcome to Author Carolyn Meyer

Carolyn Meyer is as versatile a writer as you will find. Along with historical fiction and realistic novels for young adults she has written nonfiction for young adults and books for younger readers on topics as diverse as the Amish, the Irish, Japanese, Yup’ik Eskimos, a rock band, rock tumbling, bread baking, and coconuts. And ten of her books have been chosen as Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association. In her most recent historical novels she has dealt with the young lives of Mary Tudor, Princess Elizabeth, Anastasia, and Isabel of Castilla, Spain.

Victoria Rebels

Queen Victoria’s personal journals inform this captivating first-person account of one of history’s most prominent female leaders.

Queen Victoria most certainly left a legacy—under her rule as the longest reigning female monarch in history, the British Empire was greatly expanded and significant industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military changes occurred within the United Kingdom. To be a young woman in a time when few other females held positions of power was to lead in a remarkable age—and because Queen Victoria kept personal journals, this historical novel from award-winning author Carolyn Meyer shares authentic emotional insight along with accurate information, weaving a true story of intrigue and romance.

Tell us, Your Highness, about your first meeting with the future queen of England.
My brother and I were invited to Kensington Palace for Victoria’s seventeenth birthday. I knew that I would be examined carefully as a potential husband for Victoria, and I was very nervous. The visit went well, I thought, though Victoria seemed to want to dance all night and I have always gone to bed rather early. Then I came down with a bilious attack and could not leave my room. Not an auspicious beginning!
And then what happened?
Nothing for a long while. I went back to Germany where I was born and continued my studies, and I did a great deal of traveling. But not a word from Kensington! Victoria and I are first cousins, and I had frequent reports from our uncle Leopold, who favored the match. Everyone seemed to favor the match, in fact, although I heard that the British people were not fond of the idea of their future queen marrying a German. And I had no idea how Victoria felt. Frankly, I’m not sure how I felt either.
There must have been a second visit.
Oh, there was, and it proceeded splendidly. It happened three years later, Victoria had become queen, and I think there was considerable pressure put on her to marry. But the moment I entered Windsor Castle and we looked into one another’s eyes, we knew we were in love.
Did true love run smoothly from then on?
It did not. After a few weeks I had to return to Germany to prepare for my permanent removal to England, and it was a painful separation. We argued about all sorts of things, and I saw that my future wife could be very stubborn and very insistent that she and she alone would rule. I was even more nervous when I returned for the third time, now as a bridegroom, but again, I saw a love in her eyes that burned brightly, and my eyes returned the fire.
How did you get on with your new country?
I worked devotedly for the English people throughout my life, but I don’t believe they ever fully accepted me. I was always a foreigner, a German. Victoria wanted to give me the title of King Consort, but it didn’t happen. For years I was simply Prince Albert, although eventually I was titled “His Royal Highness the Prince Consort.” And that was good enough for me.

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