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ISBN: 0715632302
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The author of the book: William Kuhn
Edition: International Publishers Marketing
Date of issue: April 1st 2004

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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 dramatically re-wrote the royal 'message' as her most intimate adviser. Despite Ponsonby's ironic view of the monarchy, it was at its strongest ever when he died fifteen years later. This entertaining biography paints a seldom seen intimate picture of the inner workings of the monarchy. William Kuhn has received unparalleled assistance from the Royal Archives and the Ponsonby family. While recent historical material on the monarchy is unavailable, Henry and Mary Ponsonby wrote to each other regularly and wittily about the day-to-day events at the court and its strategy for survival. Their vivid, unpublished letters deal with such timeless issues that their modern counterparts could have written them.


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Ebook Henry and Mary Ponsonby: Life at the Court of Queen Victoria read Online! I'm a novelist, biographer, historian, scribbler, and dabbler. I've helped to make commercials on chocolate chip cookies. I've also taught history to college students and led dazed kids on London theatre trips. Somehow my first novel MRS QUEEN became a national bestseller. It has been optioned by The Weinstein Company for a movie. A second novel PRINCE HARRY BOY TO MAN has just been published. It will be officially launched at the Boston Athenaeum in September. I've also written non-fiction on Jackie Kennedy Onassis as a lifelong lover of books in READING JACKIE. My biography of a funny couple who lived with Queen Victoria, HENRY & MARY PONSONBY, was a BBC Radio 4 book of the week. I've played with the question of Benjamin Disraeli's sexuality in THE POLITICS OF PLEASURE. My doctoral dissertation was published as DEMOCRATIC ROYALISM. I wear antique military jackets around the house when no one’s watching. I live in Boston, Massachusetts, and whenever I can in London too.


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