The Queen, Her Lover and the Most Notorious Spy in History

The Queen, Her Lover and the Most Notorious Spy in History

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Long before her successful marriage to Prince Albert, Princess Victoria had an affair with the dashing Scottish 13th Lord Elphinstone. After the liaison was exposed, Elphinstone was banished to India, appointed Governor of Madras, which allowed Victoria's mother to engineer a royal union for her with Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg. After five years of pining for Elphinstone, Victoria finally gave in and married Albert.

Despite a successful marriage, Victoria never forgot Elphinstone and after a decade in India he returned to her side as Lord-in-Waiting at Court. He only left her to take up the critical role of Governor of Bombay during the Indian Uprising of 1857. Elphinstone died soon after in June 1860 from a fever.

Many attempts were made to bury the memory of Lord Elphinstone, his long-running relationship with the monarch and his grand service for the Empire, but Victoria recorded it in letters to her confidant, her first-born, the Princess Royal: 'Vicky'. The revealing correspondence, like a ticking time-bomb, sat in a German castle attic until 1945 when King George VI, Victoria's great-grandson, sent a courtier, MI5 operative Anthony Blunt, on seven special missions to gather the letters.
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 134 x 146mm | 292g
  • Bolinda Audio Books
  • Tullamarine, Australia
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 1486240445
  • 9781486240449
  • 2,291,952

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'Compelling and wholly absorbing.' -- Bob Carr
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About Roland Perry

Roland Perry is one of Australia's best known authors. He has written 26 books, many of them going on to become bestsellers, including Bradman's Invincibles, The Changi Brownlow, The Australian Light Horse and Monash: The Outsider Who Won a War. Deidre Rubenstein is regarded as one of Australia's most accomplished actresses. As a stage actress, she has starred in productions with all major Australian theatre companies, and has created three highly acclaimed one-woman shows which have toured Australia and overseas. As a film actress, Deidre won an Australian Film Industry (AFI) award for Best Actress in the mini-series Palace of Dreams. Deidre is also a multi-award-winning narrator. Audiobooks narrated for Bolinda include Elizabeth Costello by Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee, Gilgamesh by Joan London, Elizabeth Harrower novels as well as ABC titles Australian Heroines of World War One, Miss Muriel Matters and Mrs Kelly. David has been working in theatre, film, television and radio for many years. He has appeared regularly on the Melbourne fringe-theatre circuit and performed for the Playbox Theatre Company and the Melbourne Theatre Company. In 1993 he won the Green Room Award for Best Actor for his role in Angels in America. David has appeared in various television series including State Coroner, Blue Heelers, Halifax f.p. and The Secret Life of Us.
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