The Setting - locations and places mentioned in the novel
The setting for the story is Queen Victoria’s residence of Osborne House in the year 1862, and also the village of St Helens. Both are located on the Isle of Wight - a small island off the south coast of England. There are also numerous references to places in 19th-century France, namely the châteaux of Chantilly and St Leu. Here is a selection of scenes that evoke those settings, as they were at the time.