Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household
During the sixty-odd years of her reign, Queen Victoria gathered around her a household dedicated to her service. By following the lives of six members of her household - from governess to maid-of-honour, chaplain to personal physician - Serving Victoria offers a unique insight into the Victorian court with all its frustrations and absurdities. Sitting squarely at its centre is Victoria, and through the eyes of her household we see a Queen who is more vulnerable, more emotional, more selfish and more comical than is generally supposed. A woman who was prone to fits of giggles, who wept easily and often, who gobbled her food and shrank from confrontation, while insisting on controlling the lives of those around her. Serving Victoria provides a glimpse of what it meant and what it was like to serve the Queen. It is shortlisted for the 2012 Costa Biography Award.
A sparkling portrait of the court of Queen Victoria, seen through the lives of her household using never-seen-before diaries and letters. Shortlisted for the 2012 Costa Biography Award
Shortlisted for Costa Biography Award 2012.
"Entertaining.compellingly vivid... A fine examination of both the bizarre and the banal in the domestic machinery of Victoria's court" Observer "The rhythm of court life at Windsor or Balmoral is the backdrop to a rich human drama... [Hubbard's] achievement is to enter a sealed world, ruled by repetition, and make it compelling" Daily Telegraph "Eye-opening and compelling" Sunday Times "Having plundered a rich vein of fascinating and often new information, Hubbard shows that serving Victoria was no doddle" Daily Mail
After leaving Oxford University Kate Hubbard worked variously as a researcher, a teacher, a book reviewer and a publisher's reader. She currently works as a freelance editor. Her first book, A Material Girl: Bess of Hardwick 1527-1608, was published in 2001, followed by two children's books - biographies of Charlotte Bronte and Queen Victoria. Her most recent book, Rubies in the Snow, is the fictionalised diary of Anastasia Romanov, youngest daughter of Russia's last Tsar. Kate divides her time between London and Dorset.