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on 27 July 2010
Anyone who does continuing studies on Queen Victoria, her family and her court will find this a very interesting and useful resource. Drawing on hundreds of previously unpublished letters, the Queen and all around her are viewed with another pair of eyes, those of Sir Howard Elphinstone, who became a surrogate father to the Royal children after Prince Albert's death and also the Queen's most trusted confidant. This is, to quote the reviewers, a compelling picture of Victorian Court life, crammed with fascinating details. The book may seem too long for the casual reader but not for the student. It may be interestingly compared with the film "Mrs Brown".
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on 22 October 2014
The eponymous knight is Major-General Sir Howard Elphinstone, who served Queen Victoria for 30 years. A decorated war hero from the Crimean campaign, Elphinstone was recruited by the Prince Consort to be Governor to the young Prince Arthur, Victoria and Albert’s seventh child. Elphinstone then stayed with the Queen, eventually becoming her aide-de-camp and eminence grise. This is not just a highly capable biography, but provides a fascinating insight into the intrigues and minutiae of the Victorian court and how Elphinstone, who was not a natural diplomat or temperamentally suited to the demands of court life, had to adapt to the strange world of the monarchy, especially when Victoria withdrew from public life following the death of Albert. Victoria’s stubborn pro-German sympathies and then her infatuation with the Rasputin-like John Brown and his Highlander coterie are examined with revealing analysis. Victoria’s other children also valued Elphinstone as a friend and advisor, and Downer narrates in depth the sad circumstances of Victoria’s eldest child, Vicky, married to the enlightened Fritz, son of the Kaiser, who’s untimely death ushered in the accession of the awful Wilhelm II.
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on 9 February 2014
This reads more like a biography than a novel. I found it very difficult to get into , very heavy going and the first few chapters are chock full of dates and facts . Not an easy read at all
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