Book Title: Serving Victoria : Life in the Royal Household
Author: Tessa Boase
Format: Paperback | 432 pages
Publication Date: 04 Jul 2013
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth, read this sparkling portrait of her court, seen through the lives of her household.
`Eye-opening and thoroughly engaging' Sunday Times
During the sixty-three years of her reign, Queen Victoria gathered around her a household dedicated to her service. By following their lives - 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