The Reign of Queen Victoria

by Hector Bolitho. Macmillan, $5.00.
The story of Victoria and Albert has been told many times, but Mr. Bolitho has unearthed important new material — stores of letters in Germany — and the death of the last of Queen Victoria’s children enables him “to express opinions and publish [other] material" which would previously have been “ungracious.” Most intriguing are the documents showing that, hut for Albert’s diplomatic editing, Britain and America would very possibly have gone to war in 1861 over the incident of the Trent. Personal, not political, in focus, the book would have gained from a touch of Strachey’s glitter and iconoclasm. Still, it’s good reading and the most thorough study of the Queen and those around her.