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Serving Victoria : life in the royal household

Author: Kate Hubbard
Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Seen through the eyes of 6 members of her household as she travelled between Windsor, Osborne and Balmoral, and to the French and Belgian courts, Queen Victoria emerges in Kate Hubbard's book as more vulnerable, more emotional, more selfish, and more comical than is generally supposed.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Victoria, Empress consort of Frederick III German Emperor; Victoria, Empress consort of Frederick III German Emperor; Victoria, Empress consort of Frederick III German Emperor; Viktoria, Großbritannien Königin
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kate Hubbard
ISBN: 9780701183684 0701183683 9781409027850 1409027856
OCLC Number: 796277318
Awards: Short-listed for Costa Biography Award 2012
Description: xii, 417 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Windsor 1838 --
A scandal and a crisis --
'Love rules the court' --
Sarah Lyttelton: superintendent of the nursery --
Charlotte Canning: lady of the bedchamber --
'Gone afloat' --
Osborne --
In the Highlands --
'The object of education' --
Departures --
mary Ponsonby: maid-of-honour --
Glimpses of abroad --
Three deaths --
'Someone to lean on' --
Henry Ponsonby: private secretary --
Balmorality --
Eastern questions and domestic affairs --
James Reid: resident medical attendant --
Randall Davidson: Dean of Windsor --
Spring holidays --
Household bothers --
The year of the Munshi --
Accommodating Bipps --
'A last look' --
After Victoria.
Responsibility: by Kate Hubbard.

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During the sixty-odd years of her reign Queen Victoria gathered around her a household dedicated to her service. This book follows the lives of six members of her household from the governess to the  Read more...

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"Kate Hubbard's entertaining book.is a fine examination of both the bizarre and the banal in the domestic machinery of Victoria's court" Observer "Hubbard would have made a good courtier: her prose Read more...

 
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