Censoring Queen Victoria: How Two Gentlemen Edited a Queen by Yvonne M. Ward

By Yvonne M. Ward

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ISBN: 1780743637
EAN: 9781780743639
ASIN: 1780743637
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication Date: 2014-04-01
Number of Pages: 224
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In 1901, literary gents have been appointed a unique activity: to maintain the reminiscence of Queen Victoria in her personal phrases. by the point they have been accomplished, 460 volumes of the Queen's correspondence had develop into simply 3; their judgements — and distortions — could impression perceptions of Victoria for generations to return. The editors selected for the duty have been deeply eccentric and intricate males. Baron Esher used to be the consummate royal confidant who concealed his obsession with Eton boys and incestuous courting together with his youngest son at the back of a personality of allure and restraint. Arthur Benson, an ex-Etonian grasp and closeted gay, struggled to slot in with the blue-blooded golf equipment and codes of the courtroom whereas battling bouts of critical melancholy. including King Edward VII they might make a decision how Victoria was once to be remembered — warding off scandal, preserving the hot king, selling their very own preconceptions approximately Victoria and her courtroom, obscuring her position as a mom, and propping up the politics of the day. in keeping with extraordinary entry to the unique data, it is a interesting piece of historic detective work.

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Author Name: Yvonne M. Ward (Born: 1953/02/09)

Author Description: Yvonne Ward is a historian with a doctorate from los angeles Trobe collage. Her guides contain the lead essay in a unique variation of The court docket Historian, released to mark the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. this is often her first publication. She lives in Victoria, Australia.

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My heart lurches as the plane taxis, then climbs (last view of palms, white low-rise city, sand, refineries, churning grey sea). Something has shifted in me: I feel older, taller, Frencher. My bubble is swiftly burst on my return to York. Karim never replies to my gushing letters and when I tell people at school that I rode Arab stallions in the desert, it causes an outbreak of juvenile sniggering. Aurélie’s return trip to England does not seem to affect her anything like as deeply, either. We take her to a damp National Trust cottage in the Lake District, where we introduce her to our traditional holiday pursuits: long, sodden walks, the occasional visit to a tearoom and a great deal of solitary reading, occasionally punctuated by a hysterical (to us) game of Racing Demon.

She shakes her head sorrowfully. ’ With the sirens still audible and flashing lights reflecting off the apartment blocks, Madame Martine is unwilling to leave her car unattended (‘Voyous,’ she mutters, ‘vandals, brigands’). She drops me and my luggage at the front gate, gives me the key to my apartment (which is apparently within the school grounds) and drives away, promising we will catch up on Monday. The collège is a modern low-rise, a squat heap of grey and white metal in the middle of a cité of pebble-dashed tower blocks.

Somehow, though, we carry on. Olivier seems to mellow as I start my second year and he’s tender and solicitous and patient as I trail from dermatologist to psychologist, helping me manage my horrible salt-free diet and my medication, encouraging me when I get low and coaxing me to take better care of myself. I am in worse shape than I have ever been at this point: bald, plump and moon-faced from high doses of steroids, obsessed with trying not to gain more weight, dozy with sedatives and behind on my work.

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