Serving Victoria

Serving Victoria

Life in the Royal Household

eBook - 2012
Average Rating:
3
Rate this:

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Drawing on their letters and diaries--many hitherto unpublished--Serving Victoria offers a unique insight into the Victorian court, with all its frustrations and absurdities, as well as the Queen herself, sitting squarely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.

Publisher: London :, Chatto & Windus,, 2012
ISBN: 9780062269935
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

Related Resources


Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

t
Tono777
Feb 25, 2016

awesome Book

u
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.

h
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!!!

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at SPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top