Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household

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Harper Collins, 30 апр. 2013 г. - Всего страниц: 448

During her sixty-three-year reign, Queen Victoria gathered around herself a household dedicated to her service. For some, royal employment was the defining experience of their lives; for others it came as an unwelcome duty or as a prelude to greater things. Serving Victoria follows the lives of six members of her household, from the governess to the royal children, from her maid of  honor to her chaplain and her personal physician.

Drawing on their letters and diaries—many hitherto unpublished—Serving Victoria offers a unique insight into the Victorian court, with all its frustrations and absurdities, as well as the Queen herself, sitting squarely at its center. Seen through the eyes of her household as she traveled among Windsor, Osborne, and Balmoral, and to the French and Belgian courts, Victoria emerges as more vulnerable, more emotional, more selfish, more comical, than the austere figure depicted in her famous portraits. We see a woman who was prone to fits of giggles, who wept easily and often, who gobbled her food and shrank from confrontation but insisted on controlling the lives of those around her. We witness her extraordinary and debilitating grief at the death of her husband, Albert, and her sympathy toward the tragedies that afflicted her household.

Witty, astute, and moving, Serving Victoria is a perfect foil to the pomp and circumstance—and prudery and conservatism—associated with Victoria's reign, and gives an unforgettable glimpse of what it meant to serve the Queen.

 

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Exhaustive nonfiction based on letters and journals from the reign of Queen Victoria. Author focuses on six individuals who served the Queen. Provides an interesting picture of her and of what ... Читать весь отзыв

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Serving the Queen was not an easy task, especially for the upper class ladies and gentlemen who were expected to leave families for long periods and to be on call for hours at a time. But they were ... Читать весь отзыв

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Osborne
8
Departures
16
Mary Ponsonby MaidofHonour
11
Someone to lean on
6
Henry Ponsonby Private Secretary
15
Balmorality
16
Eastern Questions and Domestic Affairs
17
James Reid Resident Medical Attendant
18
Randall Davidson Dean of Windsor
11
Spring Holidays
17
Household Bothers
29
The Year of the Munshi
37
Accommodating Bipps
23
A last look
24
Notes
18
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After leaving Oxford University, Kate Hubbard worked variously as a researcher, a teacher, a book reviewer and a publisher’s reader and a freelance editor.  She currently works for the Royal Literary Fund. She is the author of the acclaimed historical biography Serving Victoria and lives in London and Dorset.

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