Unfortunately spent most of the weekend working on another project, but I do have a new Tower and Star ready to upload. I know I should work on those last few undone cards rather than redoing existing cards! But these two were the weakest trumps so it's good to have images I feel better about.
Valerie has agreed to write up Victoria's Chalice for the V/R book. It's wonderful of her to do this & I'm sure it will make the chapter on readings much more useful and interesting. The very idea of someone making a spread just for Victoria Regina (and a good one at that!) is a bit overwhelming.
I've been reading Your Dear Letter: Private Correspondence of Queen Victoria and the Crown Princess of Prussia 1865-1871. (the Crown Princess was Victoria's oldest daughter Vicky.) Apparently the two women wrote almost daily after Vicky married and left England, for the rest of their lives. Victoria's journals were heavily edited by her daughter Beatrice before historians could get a look at them. So these letters are an invaluable peek into Victoria's private thoughts. This is the third book in a series but the Duke library doesn't have the others. Oh well.
Found a great quote from Victoria, this description of herself: "If old Mama has a virtue it is that of truth and the absence of all flattery .... therefore if I do say this, you know it is exactly what I feel and what it is; and therefore I also sometimes say what may not be palatable from the same sense of truth." That speaks so well to the Queen of Swords.