Virgin to Victoria

(3 customer reviews)


  • Author Name: Trisha Hughes
  • Publication Date: 28/04/2018
  • Format: Paperback

In stock

SKU: 9781912362394 Categories: , Tags: , , ,


To the victor goes the spoils and nowhere is this truer than in the history of the British monarchy. There are kings who ruled for just a few months and there are some who ruled for over fifty years. There are some who should never have ruled at all. They include the vain, the greedy and the downright corrupt. There were adulterers, swindlers and cowards and their stories span over 1500 years full of lust, betrayal and heroism. Yet this group also share one thing in common. In their own lifetimes, they were the most powerful individuals in the land and they weren’t shy about letting their subjects know.

Virgin to Victoria is a powerful story travelling through time, beginning with Henry VIII’s daughter, Elizabeth I, as she stepped up to the throne as Britain’s new queen. Her sister Mary had ruled before her but that queen was dead and Britain’s future lay in the hands of this bright-eyed intelligent woman who promised a magnificent future for everyone. It continues through the unsettling times of the Stuarts and moves from Oliver Cromwell through to the ferocious Hanovers and finally ends with Queen Victoria ready to accept her sceptre at the age of eighteen after the death of all her childless uncles. This book is written as a story and brings these monarchs alive to show them as flesh and blood characters who actually lived and died, not just vague names in history books.

Trisha Hughes is a best-selling Australian author who now lives in Hong Kong. Trisha attends workshops for children’s creative writing groups and is a mentor of a yearly young writers competition. Her first book was published 18 years ago, a best-selling autobiography called Daughters of Nazareth. Trisha has recently published the first book in this historical trilogy, Victoria to Vikings.

3 reviews for Virgin to Victoria

  1. Tony

    There are many unanswered mysteries surrounding the life of Elizabeth I, the ‘virgin’ of the title of Trisha Hughes second book in the V 2 V series. I enjoyed the first book, Vikings to Virgin – The Hazards of Being King so was looking forward to this with high expectations.

    I wasn’t disappointed, as Trisha’s lively and engaging style takes us on a grand tour of those who enjoyed wearing the crown from 1559 to 1838. Although I’d say I’m well informed about Elizabeth, I doubt I’m alone in being less knowledgeable about her successors, so this book is an accessible way to understand how our history was shaped over those very different eras.

    This is history with an enjoyable irreverence. Queen Elizabeth ‘threw a wobbler’ when she heard her lover was secretly courting one of her ladies-in-waiting (Lettice Knollys). King James I (not handsome, not even close) is accused of fiddling with his codpiece, and ‘no one had ever called Queen Anne glamourous. She had poor vision and was not very intelligent.’

    The stories behind these monarchs are as strange as any you’ll find in fiction, from Elizabeth’s paranoia to King George III planting a juicy steak in the garden to see if it would grow. As Trisha Hughes says, ‘these stories span hundreds of years of lust, betrayal, heroism, murder, cruelty and mysteries.’

  2. David Baird

    Virgin to Victoria is the follow-up to Vikings to Virgin: The Hazards of Being King by Trisha Hughes. You don’t need to have read the previous book to enjoy this one but I highly recommend it simply because it’s one hell of a read. So Virgin to Victoria…another history book you might think… no not just a history book. What the author gets spot on for me is the way she writes, it’s like she’s talking to you one on one…rather than just regurgitating information in a text-book style you get a fact filled educational ride that quite honestly makes history fun and interesting. What I particularly like is the way the author keeps things clear for the reader…If I’ve learnt anything it’s that King’s and Queen’s have a habit of naming their children after themselves or relatives so the same names pop up time and time again so it would be easy to get confused… Trisha Hughes manages to keep things on track well by reminding you of key facts as and when to jog your memory. Something that really stuck me is the high death rate of not only commoners at the time due to disease but that fact the royals did not escape it. Disease wasn’t the only thing that royals had to worry about..the act of child-birth posed its own dangers to not only the mother but the child also and mortality rates were shockingly high. This really shows you how much of a business being a King or Queen is…as soon as they come to the throne they need to produce an heir and the pressure must have been immense to say the least and even after a miscarriage you’d be expected to continue and try again…I can’t even imagine what this must have felt like but it did help me connect with the characters from history and made them more real for me… you really feel for them at times. Being a relative of a King or Queen wasn’t good either…everyone is a pawn in the big game and marriages were made to build connections rather than love and because of this overwhelming need to strengthen their hold on the throne it’s very apparent becuase there was a limtied nubmer of royal families inbreeding occurred leading to many life limiting medical’s quite scary when you read it. The book flows well and I loved that key events are repeated so you can easily put the book down and come back to it later to read about the next ruler and have your memory refreshed. Some of the most interesting bits about this book have to be the theories around Queen Elizabeth I (I’ll not spoil that if you’ve never read about it)… The fact 3rd September seemed to be a very important date in history and how a man named Buckingham seemed to have the worst luck ever! Overall the book is well written and sets out the facts in a fun and easy to read way. I can’t recommend the book enough.

  3. Ronald R Craig

    So, I started V2V #2 and seems like Elizabeth was a shining moment in the monarchy so far as I’ve read. I have to say Trisha makes the English nobility history interesting and gives a view of personalities. She has me hooked and I decided I have to do her autobiography as well, thanks for the enjoyment Trisha.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *