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Serving Victoria Life in the Royal Household by Kate Hubbard
  

Serving Victoria Life in the Royal Household

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Serving Victoria Life in the Royal Household by Kate Hubbard

During the sixty-odd years of her reign, Queen Victoria gathered around her a household dedicated to her service. By following the lives of six members of her household - from governess to maid-of-honour, chaplain to personal physician - Serving Victoria offers a unique insight into the Victorian court with all its frustrations and absurdities. Sitting squarely at its centre is Victoria, and through the eyes of her household we see a Queen who is more vulnerable, more emotional, more selfish and more comical than is generally supposed. A woman who was prone to fits of giggles, who wept easily and often, who gobbled her food and shrank from confrontation, while insisting on controlling the lives of those around her. Serving Victoria provides a glimpse of what it meant and what it was like to serve the Queen. SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2012 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD

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Entertaining...compellingly vivid... A fine examination of both the bizarre and the banal in the domestic machinery of Victoria's court * Observer * The rhythm of court life at Windsor or Balmoral is the backdrop to a rich human drama... [Hubbard's] achievement is to enter a sealed world, ruled by repetition, and make it compelling * Daily Telegraph * Eye-opening and compelling * Sunday Times * Having plundered a rich vein of fascinating and often new information, Hubbard shows that serving Victoria was no doddle * Daily Mail * An astonishing, lively and amusing account of the opinionated Queen and her odd entourage -- Christopher Hirst * Independent *


About the Author

After leaving Oxford University Kate Hubbard worked variously as a researcher, a teacher, a book reviewer and a publisher's reader. She currently works as a freelance editor. Her first book, A Material Girl: Bess of Hardwick 1527-1608, was published in 2001, followed by two children's books - biographies of Charlotte Bronte and Queen Victoria. Her most recent book, Rubies in the Snow, is the fictionalised diary of Anastasia Romanov, youngest daughter of Russia's last Tsar. Kate divides her time between London and Dorset.

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Publication date

4th July 2013

Author

Kate Hubbard

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Biography: royalty
Social & cultural history

Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900

ISBN

9780099532231

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