My D level daughter was quite confused and upset when she finished the first chapter of the Queen Victoria book assigned beginning in wk 13. She says that this chapter portrays Victoria in a negative manner -- that she was a selfish child, that she hated her mother, that she only thought of what was best for her and not what was best for her country when she reigned, that she relied on Lord Melbourne too much, etc. My daughter said that these things certainly didn't line up with the way Victoria is portrayed in the current read aloud (In the Days of Queen Victoria). We talked a little bit about author bias and about how we need to look a varying perspectives to form our own opinions. We also talked about how the only book that we know is 100% reliable is the Bible. But she is having a tough time trying to figure out how both views of Victoria could be correct ("One has to be right and the other wrong, but which is which?"). Does anyone have any resources they'd recommend that we look at to try and sort through this?
I appreciate it!