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Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household by Kate Hubbard Online



Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household

Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household

  • Title: Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household
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  • ISBN : 9780062269911
  • Format : Kindle Edition
  • Language : English
  • Page : 432 pages


A sparkling, vivid portrait of Queen Victoria and her court, viewed from the perspective of those closet to her every day her household staff Your first duty is to God your second to your Sovereign your third to yourself During her sixty three year reign, Queen Victoria gathered around her a household dedicated to her service For some, royal employment was the defini A sparkling, vivid portrait of Queen Victoria and her court, viewed from the perspective of those closet to her every day her household staff Your first duty is to God your second to your Sovereign your third to yourself During her sixty three year reign, Queen Victoria gathered around her 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 a prelude to greater things Serving Victoria follows the lives of six members of her household, from the governess to the royal children, and her maid of honor to her chaplain and personal physician.Drawing on their letters and diaries many hitherto unpublished Serving Victoria offers a unique insight into the Victorian court, with all its frustrations and absurdities, as well as the Queen herself, sitting squarely at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 between Windsor, Osborne and Balmoral, and to the French and Belgian courts, Victoria emerges as vulnerable, emotional, selfish, 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 towards 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


Author Kate Hubbard




Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household Reviews (31)

  • Interesting idea, but not what I thought it would be based on the reviews or cover flap There was gossip and fluf than real, new, information I was hoping for about what the servant ladies actually DID Why were they necessary at court What did they actually do to earn their salaries What were thei [..]

  • To a certain degree, Queen Victoria s reign cannot be compared to any other in British history, except perhaps that of Elizabeth I Victoria utterly defined her age, not just as a convenient label for a period in time, but as a symbol, an institution, an enduring pillar of British life It was under V [..]

  • Naive moi I was under the assumption that this was an expose to the kitchen and eating habits of chubby Queen Victoria and kin as I had heard the author interviewed on a national radio cooking show serving actually translates to six household servants, three men and three women, and their tedious, t [..]

  • If you love all things British, this book may be just the ticket for you With information gleaned from diaries and letters of Queen Victoria s staff, it is full of details about everything having to do with the Victorian court.From linen room women, to ladies of the bedchamber, surveyor of pictures, [..]

  • I quite enjoyed this It was an interesting read, and took a different look at Victoria than many other biographies use, although it uses many of the same sources the diaries and letters of her servants and attendants, primarily This covered 6 major figures of Victoria s life 3 from early in her reig [..]

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