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The Queen's Knight (edition 2008)
The Queen's Knight by Martyn Downer
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0593054857, Hardcover)Unique and engrossing, this is a true story of suppressed passion and domestic intrigue at the heart of Victoria’s court.
After an illustrious military career in the Crimean War, during which he won a Victoria Cross, Howard Elphinstone was appointed guardian to Queen Victoria’s favourite son, Prince Arthur, later Duke of Connaught, who was Governor General of Canada from 1911-16. Martyn Downer’s book includes a fascinating account of Arthur’s first trip to Canada in 1869, which took place despite the threat of his assassination by Fenian terrorists intent on revenging the Irish famine. During his eventful tour, Arthur took part in the defence of Canada following the Fenian raid at Saint John in May 1870. With relations between Britain and the United States at low ebb, Elphinstone also took the prince on a controversial tour of America which culminated in a frosty reception from President Ulysses Grant at the White House.
Elphinstone remained in Court until 1890 when he was drowned in a tragic accident. During this period he became one of Queen Victoria’s closest confidants and a father figure to her nine children. His journals and remarkable correspondence with the Queen, much of which is published here for the first time, shed fascinating and intimate new light on the world of the Victorian Court.
The Queen’s Knight is a captivating portrait of the close and affectionate relationship between Victoria and Elphinstone, and sheds new light on the frail human being at the heart of a vast empire.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:46 -0400)
"Sir Howard Elphinstone, dashing military hero of the Crimean War, was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1858 aged just twenty-nine. Handpicked by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to be governor to their third son, Prince Arthur, Elphinstone made an uncertain beginning at court, settling uncomfortably within its aristocratic cliques and clashing frequently with the impassioned Queen. but after Albert's death in 1861, Elphinstone became not only a surrogate father to Arthur, but also Victoria's most trusted confidant. Like their mother, the royal children turned increasingly to Elphinstone for help and advice, none more so than Princess Victoria, later Empress of Germany, who embroiled him in her dangerous scheming against the Prussian court." "Elphinstone's diaries and his prolific correspondence with the Queen shed remarkable new light on her complex personality and on life inside her court. His story portrays in vivid and affecting detail the bitter rivalries and series of tragedies which rocked the palace during the years of the Queen's long seclusion following Albert's death. It reveals the shocking effects of Prince Leopold's bleeding attacks, the security alarm caused by Irish republicans, and the truth behind Victoria's most notorious servant, John Brown."--BOOK JACKET.
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