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Queen Victoria's Stalker: The Strange Story of the Boy Jones [Paperback]

Jan Bondeson

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10 May 2012
After her coronation in 1838, Queen Victoria was a frightened young woman. She was relentlessly pursued by a weird teenager, Edward, 'the Boy' Jones, who had an uncanny ability to sneak into Buckingham Palace without being detected. Once, he broke into her bedroom and stole her underwear, and at least twice he sat on the throne. 'If he had come into my bedroom, how frightened I would have been', the Queen wrote in her journal after the Boy Jones had been hauled out from underneath a sofa in her dressing room. This book tells the full story of the Boy Jones, one of the first celerity stalkers in history: his heady days as a media celebrity, and the long and bitter years as a Britain's galley slave, imprisoned without charge or trial. It suggests that 'stalking' is not a modern phenomenon, rather a relabeling of aberrant human behaviour that has been known for centuries. It also raises the moral question of what lengths the authorities should go to 'remove' some royal stalker or potential assassin, since the Boy Jones was held captive in breach of habeas corpus for longer than any wartime fascist, IRA member or Moslem terrorist. Includes 47 Illustrations

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing; 2nd Revised edition edition (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445606976
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445606972
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 826,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazing' THE SUN; 'The lovesick stalker who stole Victoria's bloomers' THE DAILY MAIL; 'Bondeson tells a remarkable story' BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE; 'Victoria's secret' THE TIMES; 'Intriguing' THE DAILY TELEGRAPH; 'Fascinating' THE MAIL ON SUNDAY. --BBC History Magazine

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Jan Bondeson is a senior lecturer and consultant rheumatologist at the University of Wales College of Medicine. His many critically acclaimed books include Animal Freaks, Freaks: The Pig-Faced Lady of Manchester Square & Other Medical Marvels, Cabinet of Medical Curiosities, The London Monster and the best-selling Buried Alive: The Terrifying History of Our Most Primal Fear. He lives in Newport in Wales.

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