A study of the relationship between mother and son, with a secondary theme of the friendship between the Queen and Disraeli. Political and international problems are given space only where they affected the Queen's behavior or thinking. The narrative begins with the year 1861 and the unreasoning and overwhelming grief at the death of the Prince Consort, and her determination not to waver from the path he had laid down for her and her son, the Prince of Wales. For those readers who seek out different facets of the Victorian era, and particularly for those with a preference for biographies stressing human interpretation, rather than political accomplishments. A distinctly sympathetic treatment of Edward. Sell to all who enjoyed Albert the Good, to which this is virtually a sequel.