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Censoring Queen Victoria: How Two Gentlemen…

Censoring Queen Victoria: How Two Gentlemen Edited a Queen and Created an…

by Yvonne M Ward

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"Gentleman"? I don't think so..... Both were Etonian Homosexuals into pedophilia and one was into incestuous pedophilia with his youngest son..... Which according to the author was no great sin among the Etonians of the time.

But what I'd like to know is: What the hell does their sex lives & perversions have to do with the work they did editing Queen Victoria's letters?

According to the book, the editors Lord Escher & Benson both were prigs when it came to women, women's feelings, & femininity (which was the norm in those days) and they ignored most of Victoria's personal correspondence w/ family & friends, unless it had to do with Governance.

It was boring and I believe I missed the entire point the author was attempting to make. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Mar 22, 2017 |
Interesting book about the compilation of QV's letters and how her son, King Edward VII, influenced the editing of her correspondence through the two gents he hired to do the job. ( )
  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
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"In 1901, two literary gentlemen were appointed a novel task: to preserve the memory of Queen Victoria in her own words. By the time they were finished, 460 volumes of the Queens correspondence had become just three; their decisions and distortions would influence perceptions of Victoria for generations to come. The editors chosen for the task were deeply eccentric and complicated men. Baron Esher was the consummate royal confidant who hid his obsession with Eton boys and incestuous relationship with his youngest son behind a persona of charm and discretion. Arthur Benson, an ex-Etonian master and closeted homosexual, struggled to fit in with the blue-blooded clubs and codes of the court while fighting bouts of severe depression. Together with King Edward VII they would decide how Victoria was to be remembered avoiding scandal, protecting the new king, promoting their own preconceptions about Victoria and her court, obscuring her role as a mother, and propping up the politics of the day. Based on unprecedented access to the original archives, this is a fascinating piece of historical detective work." --… (more)

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