The Captive of Kensington Palace Author:Jean Plaidy The young Princess Victoria, guarded by her mother and her faithful governess Baroness Lehzen, never allowed her to be alone, kept from Court for fear that she might be contaminated by contact with the Kings illegitimate sons and daughters, grew up in Kensington Palace to regard herself as a prisoner. — George IV had died and William IV had ascen... more »ded the throne with the patient and kind Adelaide as his Queen. But he was getting old, was over excitable, failing physically and as heis amitious brother, the Duke of Cumberland, was eager to stress, was becoming mentally unstable. There would soon be a new Sovereign-the little girl from Kensington Palace- unless Cumberland could prevent it.
Vicotria became aware of the conflicts surronding her. Not only was there her wicked Uncle Cumberland, but a closer evil in the shape of the Comptroller of her mtoher's household, the somewhat sinister Sir Jogn Conroy, whom her mother was so fond. But the greatest conflict was between Vicotrias mother and the King.
This account of the years betweent the great Georgian and Victorian ages when the character of a young Princess develops into that of a great Queen.« less