LIFE WITH QUEEN VICTORIA: Marie Mallet's Letters from Court, 1887-1901 by Victor-Ed. Mallet

LIFE WITH QUEEN VICTORIA: Marie Mallet's Letters from Court, 1887-1901

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This immediate and beguiling transport to the famous household is accomplished through the witty, affectionate and lively letters of a Lady-in-Waiting to the aged Queen Victoria, Marie Mallet, the editor's mother, served the Queen over a period of fourteen years for three to four months at a time, while marrying and producing a family. Her love for the kind and doting, yet often querulous and impervious, monarch carried her through a rigorous regimen; galas and intimate entertainments; cosy dinners with the Queen after which Marie bemoaned Her Majesty's fondness for ""monster, indigestible apples""; a relentless series of mournings (""no sooner had I rigged myself out in tweeds than we are plunged into mourning for the King of Portugal""); and the inevitable, teeth-chattering rides in the winter air. An enchanting, decorous portrait of a vanished era and the last of England's great monarchs.

Pub Date: Sept. 19th, 1968
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin