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

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

by Jan Bondeson
 

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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

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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 celebrity 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 behavior 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.

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HistoryExtra
Bondeson tells a remarkable story, and he is particularly good on the unfair treatment meted out to Jones. He also has a Victorian journalist’s eye for comedy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781445606972
Publisher:
Amberley Publishing
Publication date:
12/19/2013
Edition description:
Second Edition, Second edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Jan Bondeson is a senior lecturer at Cardiff University. He lived in London for many years, and has spent decades studying the criminal history of the metropolis. Of his many critically acclaimed books, his Amberley titles include 'Queen Victoria's Stalker' and 'Amazing Dogs'. He lives in Newport in Wales.

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