Twilight of Splendor: The Court of Queen Victoria During Her Diamond Jubilee Year


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About 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.


* 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)