Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household

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HarperCollins, 22 апр. 2014 г. - Всего страниц: 448

Based on the letters and diaries of six members of Queen Victoria's household, Serving Victoria offers unique insight into the queen and her court. Seen through the eyes of her servants—including the governess to the royal children, her maid of honor, her chaplain, and her personal physician—Victoria emerges as more vulnerable, more emotional, more selfish, more comical than the austere figure depicted in her portraits.

We see a woman prone to fits of giggles, who wept easily and often, who shrank from confrontation yet 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.

A perfect foil to the pomp and circumstance, prudery and conservatism that has become synonymous with Victoria's reign, Serving Victoria is 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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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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