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 diariesmany hitherto unpublishedServing 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 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 toward the tragedies that afflicted her household.Witty, astute, and moving, Serving Victoria is a perfect foil to the pomp and circumstanceand prudery and conservatismassociated with Victorias reign, and gives an unforgettable glimpse of what it meant to serve the Queen....
|Title||:||Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household|
|Publisher||:||Harper Reprint edition April 30, 2013|
|Number of Pages||:||432 pages|
|File Size||:||881 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household Reviews
I liked Serving Victoria and found it a very interesting biography. Kate Hubbard obviously put a great deal of work into the research. The detailed letters of the staff serving Victoria gives a unique perspective to anyone who has read Victoria's diaries. However, this is not a book for casual fans of the television series or movies. Serving Victoria flips back and forth with names, dates, and perspectives - making it very difficult to follow at times. Adding to the difficulty, Hubbard herself rambles in a very British and somewhat disorganized train of thought, which is foreign to American readers. I would love to see this book go back through the editing process and made easier to read for the average lay-person. It's a valuable and unique perspective that shouldn't be lost to history.
I thought the book was very well written and very interesting and very easy to read. It was interesting on how if you compare the court to Henry the 8 and Victoria's court on how people acted while they worked and waited on Royalty. It sounds like fun being apart of a court but it was a lot of hard work and took a toll on many people's health and most of the time it ended up killing them . In a sense you give up your life to wait on hand and foot 24/7 365 days a year to be available to a spoiled self centered person. Now I love Victoria but in fairness she was self centered, selfish and spoiled and she did not know any better. When Sarah Lyletton was retiring Victoria and Albert was not going to give her a big pension but in the end they did. The other people who did make it to retirement if they were lucky did not get a decent size pension. One other book I read when John Brown was dying and( who never took a day off in his life while working for Victoria ) was lying upstairs in his room ill Victoria was extremely upset that he could not make an effort to come down and see her as she had twisted her ankle and wanted the company. . Granted the doctor did not tell her how sick Brown was but she did know that he was ill and in bed.
If you find the Victorian period in history interesting, this is one book you won't want to to skip. I enjoyed it thoroughly from start to finish. The cast of characters really comes alive at every turn. I've read it several times since buying and enjoyed it over and over again.
This is a very difficult book to read. The author uses far too many names and titles. I'm not british and maybe my knowledge of the old aristocracy is very limited. I found it all but impossible to keep my mind focused on that many people. I've not finished the book and continue to struggle with it. I have to use the index and flip back and forth to try to keep it all straight. It does have its moments.
I don't read that much about Victoria I'm more into the Royal area from 1910 on. But I thought I'd read this book because it was about the Royal Household which I have many questions about. But this book is so deep, and mentions so many names in one sentence that you can't keep your mind from getting fuddled. I'm going to wade through it for facts about the R.Household and their jobs but not try to keep up with names.
If you find the minutiae of royal courts interesting, then you will enjoy this book. I happen to like knowing the back stories of historic people. The little details flush out the total picture of what I thought I knew. I have a clearer understanding of Queen Victoria and many of her family members. It's a tragedy that her daughter burned many of her letters after her death.
The book read like a dull soap opera. There is little detail on setting or context - it just starts talking. I got the feeling that I was overhearing to a story being told when I did not ask for it like from an adjoining restaurant table or in an airport lounge. I made it about halfway through before deciding I was wasting my time. The book is a dull as Queen Vickie herself.
The Court of Her Majesty, Queen Victoria is well known for its costumes and strict manners. The Victorian Age in British History, an age of prosperity and big advance in the arts and science, due to especially Prince Albert's contributions. What this book tell us is the beautiful story of two young people who feel in love and lived toghether, surrounded by their children, for much time, creating such good memories. Despite not being a biography of the Queen herself, but one of the people who served her.