Save for a few formal, statesman-like letters to the king of Prussia, the majority of these letters are addressed to her ""cousin"" Augusta of Prussia, with whom she became increasingly intimate after her marriage to Albert. They tell of the major court and home events through the years, of the marriage of Vicky to Fritz of Baden, of the death of Albert and her overwhelming sense of bereavement, of the strain at intervals during Bismarck's rule of Prussia, of Disraeli and her devotion to him. Then the letters of her old age, increasing unhappiness, lack of interest in public matters. Bolitho has divided the material into sections by years, introducing each section with commentary on the background of home conditions, political set-up, etc. The letters' importance lies chiefly in the rounding out of a personal picture of Victoria, as they reveal a warm, affectionate human being, rather than a queen.