Henry and Mary Ponsonby were two of the most important people at the court of Queen Victoria. This double biography examines their lives with and without the Queen. His father was a veteran of Waterloo. Her father bankrupted her family by building a too-elaborate country house. They came to serve at a court that was increasingly conservative in its politics as the century went on, but both Ponsonbys were liberal and sometimes radical in their political opinions. The book is based on their correspondence in the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle as well as on family papers at Shulbrede Priory.