Twilight of Splendor: The Court of Queen Victoria During Her Diamond Jubilee Year [NOOK Book]

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Queen Victoria ruled the most powerful empire the world has ever seen, covering one fourth of the earth's land surface, reigning over subjects on every continent, and exercising undisputed mastery of the oceans in between. She was the "Grandmother of Europe," with descendants occupying the thrones of half a dozen nations, and more to come. The very era in which she lived already bore her name. In June 1897, her proud and prosperous nation marked her sixtieth year on the throne of England with the most lavish ...
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Twilight of Splendor: The Court of Queen Victoria During Her Diamond Jubilee Year

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Overview

Queen Victoria ruled the most powerful empire the world has ever seen, covering one fourth of the earth's land surface, reigning over subjects on every continent, and exercising undisputed mastery of the oceans in between. She was the "Grandmother of Europe," with descendants occupying the thrones of half a dozen nations, and more to come. The very era in which she lived already bore her name. In June 1897, her proud and prosperous nation marked her sixtieth year on the throne of England with the most lavish display of pomp, circumstance, wealth, and affection in its history.

Twilight of Splendor presents a breathtaking portrait of a sovereign and her empire at the height of their global power. Focusing on the spectacle of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, it combines a thrilling account of that massive celebration with an intimate exploration of Victoria's world-her splendid palaces and possessions, the grand banquets and balls she hosted, her immense wealth, the politicians and courtiers who did her bidding, her confidence and assertiveness as a ruler, her surprising personal humility, and her perpetual state of mourning for her beloved husband, Prince Albert.

Based on hundreds of published and unpublished sources from the period, including Queen Victoria's private correspondence and personal journals, Twilight of Splendor is must reading for Anglophiles, Victorian-history buffs, and anyone interested in the golden age of monarchy. The first book to portray the queen and her court in the last years of her reign, Contrasts the queen's private and public images in her efforts to solidify the monarchy, Exposes the queen's difficult relations with her children, Explores the queen'srelationship with her extended European royal relatives, Draws together for the first time hundreds of disparate sources, Includes a number of rare photographs complementing the text.

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* To offer a new approach to Queen Victoria, King (The Court of the Last Tsar) focuses on one important year in her reign-the 1897 Diamond Jubilee. Although he initially establishes context by focusing on the changes that occurred during Victoria's life, he spends perhaps too much time describing the minutiae of the royal household's daily workings.
Thankfully, humorous anecdotes from primary sources, such as those describing courtiers' lack of love for Balmoral Castle, the queen's beloved Scottish home, enlighten the accounting. The queen's callous treatment of her sons, selfish demands on her daughters, and relationships with servants-not to mention coverage of family scandals and the lives of other royals-does seem inevitably comparable to the present royal family. Photos show the various royal domiciles, as well as family members; a brief appendix names various members of the royal household. For libraries with large English history collections. (Index not seen.)
—B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Memorial Lib., Sag Harbor, NY (Library Journal, May 15, 2007)

"Greg King leads you on a tour into the heart of history’s last and greatest royal empire." (Majesty, Volume 28/10)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620458600
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 337
  • Sales rank: 701,440
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Gregory King is the author of the UK bestseller The Duchess of Windsor: The Uncommon Life of Wallis Simpson, as well as several books on Russia's Romanov era, including The Court of the Last Tsar and The Fate of the Romanovs (with Penny Wilson). A frequent on-screen commentator for royal television productions, he has worked with the BBC and ITV in the UK, the CBC in Canada, and with National Geographic, the Learning Channel, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and A&E in the United States.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Prologue: London, 1897     15
The Widow of Windsor     25
A Family on the Throne     45
The Court of St. James's     65
Spring at Windsor     81
A Day in the Life     99
Life below Stairs     117
The Wayward Heir     133
Autumn at Balmoral     153
"The Russian Occupation"     165
Christmas at Osborne     177
Easter in France     191
Summer at Buckingham Palace     207
A Day at Buckingham Palace     223
A Night at Devonshire House     237
Triumph     257
Epilogue: The Twilight of Splendor     273
The Royal Household     287
Notes     291
Bibliography     309
Index     317
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