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Persons of Consequence: Queen Victoria and Her Circle by Louis Auchincloss

Persons of Consequence: Queen Victoria and Her Circle by Louis Auchincloss

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Persons of Consequence:  Queen Victoria and Her Circle by Louis Auchincloss is a 208-page cloth-bound hardcover published in 1979 by Random House, New York.  Stated First American Edition. The dust jacket shows some shelf wear and tiny closed tears along the upper and lower edges.  Inside, the book is clean and unmarked and the binding is tight.

Book Summary

To her subjects, Victoria appeared a dominant and decisive queen, yet in reality she relied upon those around her for counsel--counsel which she either accepted or scorned.

In Person of Consequence, Louis Auchincloss draws a vivid picture of Victoria and the people who influenced her, in both her public and her private life:  Baroness Lehzen, the governess who gave her selfless love and devotion and the affection that Victoria's mother, the Duchess of Kent, seemed incapable of giving; Albert, the husband whom Victoria worshiped and whose death caused her to hide away from the world, to be lampooned as the Widow of Windsor; Sir Henry Ponosby the private secretary; the Future Edward VII, blamed by his mother for causing his father's untimely death; and Vicky, the Princess Royal, adored by her father.  Then there were the four British Prime Ministers. 

Louis Auchincloss portrays these figures of history with depth and warmth, and offers an insight into the effect that their counsel had in forming the opinions and prejudices of one of Britain's greatest monarchs.  This handsome book is fully illustrated throughout with contemporary portraits and photographs.

ISBN:  394-50427-5

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