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Yvonne Ward: Unsuitable for Publication: Editing Queen Victoria


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When Queen Victoria died in 1901, two literary gentlemen took on a monumental task: selecting and editing her vast correspondence. The book they produced would influence perceptions of Victoria for generations to come – but it was not the full story.

Based on unprecedented access to the original archives, Yvonne Ward’s Unsuitable for Publication reveals how key aspects of Victoria’s life were deemed unsuitable for public consumption: her experience of motherhood, her struggle to combine the roles of ruler and wife, and her intimate friendships with other royal European women.

Yvonne Ward will outline how this censorship has affected our entire understanding of the Victorian era, as she unveils the details of her historical detective work.


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Yvonne Ward

Yvonne M. Ward is the author of Unsuitable for Publication: Editing Queen Victoria (2013, Black Inc.) and a historian with a doctorate from La Trobe University. While researching the book, Yvonne was one of the few people ever to gain access to the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle. Her research also... Read more


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