Serving Victoria

Serving Victoria

Life in the Royal Household

Book - 2014
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Drawing from letters and diaries, this vibrant portrait of Queen Victoria offers a unique insight into the Victorian court and the real woman behind the austere figure depicted in her famous portraits by following the lives of six members of her household. 25,000 first printing.

HARPERCOLL

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.



Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins, 2014
Edition: First Harper Perennial edition
ISBN: 9780062269928
0062269925
Branch Call Number: 941.081 HUB
Characteristics: xii, 417 pages., [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Tono777
Feb 25, 2016

awesome Book

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uncommonreader
Jul 18, 2015

Based on letters and diaries, Hubbard describes Court life at Windsor, Balmoral and on the Isle of Wight. Life was boring and banal, becoming more and more middle-class and conservative over time. Unfortunately, the book does not provide much context or situate Victoria as a symbol of Empire.

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HopeButterfly
Jun 18, 2015

Took this book out twice and twice I haven't been able to get though it....not what I thought it would be...not an easy read for me...but I will persevere and take it out a third time to try and complete it!!!

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