Mrs. Keppel and Her Daughter

Mrs. Keppel and Her Daughter

Diana Souhami / Jul 23, 2019

Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter Alice Keppel the married lover of Queen Victoria s eldest son and great grandmother to Camilla Parker Bowles was a key figure in Edwardian society Hers was the acceptable face of adultery Discretion

  • Title: Mrs. Keppel and Her Daughter
  • Author: Diana Souhami
  • ISBN: 9780312195175
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alice Keppel, the married lover of Queen Victoria s eldest son and great grandmother to Camilla Parker Bowles, was a key figure in Edwardian society Hers was the acceptable face of adultery Discretion was her hallmark It was her art to be the king s mistress and yet to laud the Royal Family and the institution of marriage Formidable and manipulative, her attentions toAlice Keppel, the married lover of Queen Victoria s eldest son and great grandmother to Camilla Parker Bowles, was a key figure in Edwardian society Hers was the acceptable face of adultery Discretion was her hallmark It was her art to be the king s mistress and yet to laud the Royal Family and the institution of marriage Formidable and manipulative, her attentions to the king brought her wealth, power, and status Her daughter Violet Trefusis had a long tempestuous affair with the author and aristocrat Vita Sackville West, during which Vita left her husband and two sons to travel abroad with Violet It was a liaison that threatened the fabric of Violet s social world, and her passion and recalcitrance in pursuit of it pitted her against her mother and society From memoirs, diaries, and letters, Diana Souhami portrays this fascinating and intense mother daughter relationship Her story of these women, their lovers, and their lovers mothers, highlights Edwardian and contemporary duplicity and double standards and goes to the heart of questions about sexual freedoms.

    Alice Keppel Alice Frederica Keppel ne Edmonstone April September was a British society hostess and a long time mistress of King Edward VII. Keppel grew up at Duntreath Castle, the family seat of the Edmonstone baronets in Scotland.She was the youngest child of Sir William Edmonstone, th Baronet.In she married The Honourable George Keppel and they had two daughters. Alice Keppel, short biography of the royal mistress Alice Keppel born October , , died November , was the most famous of the mistresses of King Edward VII She was the great grandmother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Keppel Land Keppel Land is the property arm of Keppel Corporation, a multi business company providing robust solutions for sustainable urbanisation, with key businesses in offshore and Keppel Land Newsroom Latest Newsroom and SGX Announcements Mar SGXNET Disclosure Of Interest Changes In Interest Of Director Chief Executive Officer Mr Tan Swee Yiow Keppel Towers and Keppel Towers Keppel Land Live At the heart of the Tanjong Pagar precinct, stands two of the largest developments in District Keppel Towers and Keppel Towers Cutting a bold and stunning profile, these twin towers are premier landmark freehold office buildings, with efficient floor plates and well managed facilities. Capricorn Coast Keppel Islands Capricorn Region type Loved by the locals, the Capricorn Coast offers plenty to visitors and residents alike Restaurants, cafs and clubs cater to a range foodie tastebuds music festivals, farmers markets and community events bring people from far and wide to celebrate and an abundance of secluded beaches, rainforest retreats and island hideaways are all right here on the Capricorn Coast just waiting for you Arnold van Keppel, st Earl of Albemarle Arnold Joost van Keppel, st Earl of Albemarle, KG, and lord of De Voorst in Guelders Gelderland Dutch rn l co st f k p l baptized January May , was the son of Oswald van Keppel and his wife Anna Geertruid van Lintelo De Keppel Corporation Keppel REIT Management Limited Keppel REIT Management Limited, as Manager of Keppel REIT, is pleased to announce that Mr Paul Tham , , will be appointed as Chief Executive Officer CEO with effect from January , subject to regulatory approval. Bugis Junction Towers Keppel Land Live Bugis Junction Towers is a multiple award winning prime mixed use development, situated in the heart of the much sought after district seven Combining business convenience with live work play concept, this one stop destination is perfectly poised to serve businesses with good supporting amenities and quick access to the city. Person Page the peerage General George Keppel, rd Earl of Albemarle was born on April He was the son of William Anne van Keppel, nd Earl of Albemarle and Lady Anne Lennox He was baptised on May at St Martin in the Fields Church, Covent Garden, London, England G He married Anne Miller, daughter of Sir John Miller, th Bt and Susan Combe, on April He died on

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      • Diana Souhami

        Diana Souhami was brought up in London and studied philosophy at Hull University She worked in the publications department of the BBC before turning to biography In 1986 she was approached by Pandora Press and received a commission to write a biography of Hannah Gluckstein Souhami became a full time writer publishing biographies which mostly explore the most influential and intriguing of 20th century lesbian and gay lives.She is the author of 12 critically acclaimed nonfiction and biography books, including Selkirk s Island winner of the Whitbread Biography Award , The Trials of Radclyffe Hall winner of the Lambda Literary Award and shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Biography , the bestselling Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter winner of the Lambda Literary Award and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year , Gertrude and Alice, and Wild Girls Paris, Sappho, and Art She lives in London.


    1. Although the book is entitled “Mrs. Keppel and Her Daughter,” the book really focuses mostly on Violet, and the years of her torrid affair with Vita Sackville-West is the climax that the book builds to and falls flat away from. Souhami’s mission here is very simple: to rescue Violet Trefusis from her perceived rôle as a selfish, designing woman, the inconsiderate homewrecking, husband breaking, unreasonable hussy who leaves ruined lives in her wake. It’s an old stereotype, of course, an [...]

    2. I read this book in parallel with Nigel Nicolson's Portrait Of A Marriage and the below review combines my thoughts on both books. (Review first published on BookLikes.)Let the cat fight begin!In the red corner, Diana Souhami, defender of Violet Trefusis. In the blue corner, Nigel Nicolson, son of Vita Sackville-West and representing her point of view.No, I'm not going to try and write this as a ring report, but for the most part of reading both in parallel it has been as if I was watching a box [...]

    3. I hadn't heard of Violet Trefusis until I watched the mini-series adaption of "Portrait of a Marriage"; but after that, I wanted to know everything about her. Arguably Vita Sackville-West's affair with Virginia Woolf has become more famous over time than her affair with Violet, but I think that the Violet/Vita relationship is so much more meaningful: it's a truly grand, sweepingly epic, and heartbreakingly tragic tale. It's impossible not to feel sympathetic for both Violet and Vita -- they both [...]

    4. Having just read Portrait of a Marriage by Nigel Nicolson, I must say I was rather disappointed by Souhami's literary style: essentially a series of short sentences reporting miscellaneous sundry facts with very little in-depth analysis. However, the end of the book gives a more profound view of the life and motives of Violet so I am giving this book a grudging 3 stars. In any case, it is fascinating to read the two books consecutively, first one sees Vita's point of view and then one sees Viole [...]

    5. I had hoped to enjoy this book more than I did. You would think a book about Edward VII's Royal Mistress Alice Keppel and her daughter Violet's passionate and destructive lesbian love affair with Vita Sackville would be a fascinating, revealing, utterly engrossing read. And yet somehow this book never really connected with me. I felt like Diana Souhami never really scratched the surface of her subjects, never really made an effort to delve below that glossy veneer. There was absolutely no attemp [...]

    6. I'd read Violet and Vita's letters to each other a few years ago, so I knew all the basics, but it was nice to get Mrs. Keppel's story as well. Violet and Vita always strike as so sad, because it's so much misery and heartbreak and emotional cruelness and desperation, all because they couldn't be together - both because society wouldn't recognize a lesbian couple, and because Vita couldn't bring herself to leave the safe haven of her husband and her home, no matter how much she loved Violet. The [...]

    7. What a relief to finish this book! I need a page turner, please. I was attracted to the pretty cover and intrigued by the story of Alice Keppel who was the last mistress of King Edward VII (son of Queen Victoria),and her daughter Violet, a lesbian whose series of affairs caused a lot of distress for her mother.Alice scorned her mother's life style and longed to live an open life, free of Edwardian hypocracy. Trouble is, she was extremely self-centered, and very cruel to others. The book descends [...]

    8. Full of gossip, scandal, sex and royalty, I had really high hopes for this book. And though it was a good book, it wasn't a great book. It was just missing something.It's the story of Alice Keppel, "official" mistress to King Edward and her daughter, who had quite the passionate love affair with Vita Sackville-West, among others. With the scandal and the passionate love letters and the sham marriages, you would think this would be quite the page turner. It sorta was. I think what was missing for [...]

    9. Didn't finish this one, read about 3/4s.I picked this up because I had so loved Portrait of a Marriage, and Violet Keppel was Vita Sackville-West's first lover. Her mother, Mrs. Keppel, was the mistress of King Albert. The first third of the book reads wonderfully as a history and biography of high society under Victoria and then Albert's reign. But the subsequent focus on Violet can't make her obsessive personality and lack of self awareness interesting. There are few things less interesting to [...]

    10. 4/4.5 - Poor Violet! I couldn't help but admire her for her passion, her despair, her convictions and her hatred for social conventions and hypocrisy. My admiration only faltered to be replaced by pity when she ended up becoming the parody of her mother and of what she had loathed of the Edwardian society. It was understandable though; it was all a façade that hid a broken woman.I also wanted to appreciate Vita's character, lifestyle and kind of marriage with Harold but for that I need to read [...]

    11. An accurate but pretty depressing book. It seems that Vita Sackville-West's "Portrait of a Marriage" was clearly a self-serving look at the situation between Violet & Vita. Violet Keppel was a complete lesbian & very in love with Vita. Unlike Vita she really didn't swing both ways & was not going to be OK in a hetero marriage. She was also very much her mother's creature. Aside from making me feel sorry for Violet this book was a fascinating look into Victorian morality & the maj [...]

    12. "My heart was more disgraceful, more alone, and more couragous than the world has known. O passer-by, my heart was like your own" Words of Violet Trefusis, who was tragically in love with Vita Sackville_West. God help us to love wisely or not at all.

    13. Honestly, I never thought this sort of stuff would strike my fancy But I'm diving into the books about this time period and lesbianism with some sort of green gusto. Like I never knew any of this stuff.

    14. Tough to read: Much like watching a freight train crash in slow motion. Can't help but feel pity for Violet Trefusis for losing her head over Vita Sackville-West. Mrs. Keppel's pragmatist approach was no doubt more rewarding for her family.

    15. I couldn't make it through this book but it wasn't for lack of trying . I wanted to get more insight into Mrs. Keppel's life after her lover Bertie died but this book bogged along and put me to sleep.

    16. I think often about Queen Alexandria laughing about King Edward and his mistress Mrs. Keppel as they road together in a carriage. Both were well cushioned.

    17. one of my favorites books about Violet Trefusis, a must read for anyone interested in her. Violet deserved better in life, poor thing.

    18. Fascinating read . The insertion of sections of letter from vita and violet were so open and instrumental to the plot!

    19. If you have read Orlando or are interested in royals and their mistresses, this book is for you. More for those interested in relationship between Vita Sackville-West and Violet Keppel.

    20. The Keppels and the Sackville-Wests make for some great reading. The family stories are more the stuff of novels rather than non-fiction, but the intrigues and affairs couldn't be more real. Unfortunately Souhami is far too biased in her view toward Vita Sackville-West for my taste. And her writing style is often choppy and abrupt. On the other hand, it's hard to ruin a story as good as the one she is handed by these two families.

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