Queen Victoria's Stalker: The Strange Story of the Boy Jones

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Amberley Publishing Limited, Sep 15, 2010 - History - 160 pages
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After her coronation in 1838, Queen Victoria was a frightened young woman. She was relentlessly pursued by a weird teenager, Edward, 'the Boy' Jones, who had an uncanny ability to sneak into Buckingham Palace without being detected. Once, he broke into her bedroom and stole her underwear, and at least twice he sat on the throne. 'If he had come into my bedroom, how frightened I would have been', the Queen wrote in her journal after the Boy Jones had been hauled out from underneath a sofa in her dressing room. This book tells the full story of the Boy Jones, one of the first celerity stalkers in history: his heady days as a media celebrity, and the long and bitter years as a Britain's galley slave, imprisoned without charge or trial. It suggests that 'stalking' is not a modern phenomenon, rather a relabeling of aberrant human behaviour that has been known for centuries. It also raises the moral question of what lengths the authorities should go to 'remove' some royal stalker or potential assassin, since the Boy Jones was held captive in breach of habeas corpus for longer than any wartime fascist, IRA member or Moslem terrorist. Includes 47 Illustrations
 

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The 'Boy Jones'--a young lad whose fascination with the young Queen Victoria motivated his repeated infiltrations of Buckingham Palace--is mentioned in nearly all bios of the Queen, but his own story ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
The Sweep in the Palace
The Boy Jones Strikes Again
Return of InIGo Jones
The Boy Jones Finds Himself Famous
The Mysterious Disappearance ofthe Boy Jones
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Shanghaied Again 7 Britains Galley Slave 8 What Happened to the Boy Jones?
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The Boy Jonesin Literature Drama
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Uninvited VisitorstoRoyalty 11 What WasWrong Withthe Boy Jones?
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What Was Wrong With Lord Melbourne the Government? Notes
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Jan Bondeson is a senior lecturer at Cardiff University. He lived in London for many years, and has spent decades studying the criminal history of the metropolis. His many critically acclaimed titles include 'Queen Victoria's Stalker', 'Amazing Dogs', 'Buried Alive' and 'Freaks'. He lives in Newport in Wales.

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