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Henry and Mary Ponsonby: Life at the Court of Queen Victoria

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The popularity of any monarchy shows peaks and troughs. But when Henry Ponsonby became Queen Victoria's private secretary, the monarchy was in such hopeless disarray that even Victoria herself came under attack. Ponsonby as her private secretary and protector at large realized that the court had failed to adjust to the shift in the media and political sentiment. He dramati ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by International Publishers Marketing (first published September 1st 2002)
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Dagmar1927
Mar 03, 2011 Dagmar1927 rated it it was amazing
Hooray! It's the Ponsonbys! I had always loved reading snippets of these two highly eccentric and wonderful people in books about Queen Victoria and then I discovered that they had a book of their own, so dashed out to buy it immediately.

I was certainly not disappointed. Both Henry and Mary had rather good senses of humour (a vital necessity in Queen Victoria's household it seems) and this is evident throughout this book. It was great to learn, not only about their lives, but more about the othe
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Lisa of Hopewell
Oct 06, 2010 Lisa of Hopewell rated it really liked it
Skip the first few chapters--way dull. It gets much, much better once they get married! They really are VERY interesting people--especially Mary. This is a book about an unusual couple living an unusual life in very unusual circumstances. Then end is just as unusual!!


What an interesting couple the Ponsonbys were! Imagine getting to live in part of Windsor Castle--and installing a carpentry shop in your "house"! We miss so much today by being overwhelmed with informationgs to each other--I love t
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Scott Jeffe
May 30, 2014 Scott Jeffe rated it liked it
Interesting couple, but the structure of the book was a bit jarring. The back and forth between chapters focusing on husband and wife didn't quite work out, and the chapters on Mary were weak.
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