Serving Victoria

Serving Victoria

Life in the Royal Household

Book - 2013
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Drawing from letters and diaries, a portrait of Queen Victoria and her court offers unique insight into the real woman behind the austere figure depicted in her famous portraits by following the lives of six members of her household.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2013
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780062269911
Branch Call Number: 941.08109 HUB
941.081 HUB
Characteristics: xii, 417 p., [16] p. of plates : ill.; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Life in the royal household

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kwylie04
Mar 25, 2019

A very informative book that uses various primary resources (diaries, letters, etc) to explores the lives of the people who served Queen Victoria from her early reign to her final years. I enjoyed this history quite a bit, as it gave me a view of this particular queen that I had not seen before in her many biographies that I've read in the past. I very much enjoyed the exploration of how the royal court went from the wasteful, debauched place it had been under Victoria's various uncles to the staid, conservative, and dreadfully dull place it became under Victoria herself. In truth, one even can see the roots of what has become the modern royal court have their beginnings here.

Perhaps my favorite person explored in this book was Sir James Reid, who served as Victoria's physician for many years. He was with her when she died, performed her autopsy, and helped to prepare her for burial (even adding a few touches that Victoria requested but knew that her children would ignore if she left it to them).

Very interesting!

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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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