Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household Audiobook, by Kate Hubbard Play Audiobook Sample

Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household Audiobook

Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household Audiobook, by Kate Hubbard Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Kate Hubbard Publisher: Tantor Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 10.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 7.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781494546519

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45:17 minutes

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05:31 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

34:26 minutes

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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Drawing on their letters and diaries—many hitherto unpublished—Serving Victoria offers a unique insight into the Victorian court, with all its frustrations and absurdities, as well as the Queen herself, sitting squarely at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 more vulnerable, more emotional, more selfish, more 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.

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About Kate Hubbard

Kate Hubbard, a researcher, teacher, and book reviewer, works as a freelance editor. She is the author of Serving Victoria, Devices and Desires, Annie Oakley, and Rubies in the Snow, among others.