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5.0 out of 5 stars Serving Victoria
Rather than a biography of Victoria the Queen, this is a biography of a Court, with all its attendant courtiers and servants. The Victorian court was, in the words of the author, an odd mix of never ending house party and boarding school, of social ennui and regimentation. Above all, Victoria was adamant it would be respectable. So, was serving the Queen a penance or...
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3.0 out of 5 stars good in many parts but over priced¡
1st part of book lacked depth and was uninteresting in some chapters too many names made ita confusing read. having a summary section of these people would have helped to refer too.historical documents included were of poor viewing quality on kindle. at other times very insightful and humouress about the thoughts of those who served victoria and the woman herself.2nd...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read, 2 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household (Paperback)
After visiting Victorias home on the Isle of Wight it is so interesting to read this book about the people behind her life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The other side of a royal household, 19 Sep 2013
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I love this book. Well written and researched. I ahve a completely different view of Queen victoria now. I love the day to day detail of the royal household. also fascinating to learn about the life of Victoria's staff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book about behind the scenes in Queen Victoria's household, 16 Aug 2013
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Very interesting book about life in the royal household Under Queen Victoria.mThis book includes pictures to show what life was like.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different viewpoint, 31 July 2013
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Enjoyed this book as it was informative and entertaining and provided an interesting insight into Victorian court life. It stripped away the romanticism of life at court and brought the petty squabbling side of human existence to the fore.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Study in Boredom, 17 July 2013
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This is a great read. Well-reserched entertainingly written, it manages to convey the prevailing sense of BOREDOM at Victoria's Court - Fanny Burney would not have felt out of place. If it's a book about boredom it is also a book about the psychopathology of sycophancy. What these people put UP with beggars 21st Century belief. The impact on the mental health of the courtiers is spelled out clearly. At the centre the narcissistic, neurotic Queen is painted variously as intolerable and vulnerable. The Black Spider at the centre of an opaque web. Fascinating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another gift for a friend, 14 July 2013
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Was well received! Cannot comment further on a gift., other than to state the obvious. I was profusely thanked and the book was apparently enjoyed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful insight, 7 July 2013
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The Victorians have fascinated me since I was a child. I've read lots of books about how ordinary people lived but to have this insight into life at the palace and with Queen Victoria herself is brilliant.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good in many parts but over priced¡, 2 Feb 2013
1st part of book lacked depth and was uninteresting in some chapters too many names made ita confusing read. having a summary section of these people would have helped to refer too.historical documents included were of poor viewing quality on kindle. at other times very insightful and humouress about the thoughts of those who served victoria and the woman herself.2nd part much more gripping! overall reveals much about the inner workings of the royal court of that time and the impact of life events on them.must say tho this book is about 25% overpriced for a kindle edition
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring Boring Boring, 6 Mar 2014
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As an avid reader of all things British royalty, I have to say this is the most tedious book I have ever had the misfortune to read.

I'm sorry I wasted money on it. It's now languishing in a charity shop.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Couldnt finish too boring, 9 Nov 2013
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Writer is not a very good writer of social history. It is too mush a shortening of a memoirs. It really feels like a shortening because it tells everything in a boring fashion.
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