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As the title indicates this book is about an english governess who spends six years at the siamese court during the 1860s it was the basis for the king and i and anna and the king of siam but readers should not expect much resemblance between the two there is actually very little about the education of the kings many children. The english governess at the siamese court i on the threshold 4 peered eagerly not through mist and haze but straight into the clear bright many tinted ether there came the first faint tremulous blush of dawn behind her rosy veil and presently the welcome face shines boldly out glad. The original anna and the king of siam from the english governess at the siamese court by anna leonowens 1975 05 04 40 out of 5 stars 1 mass market paperback 92099 next customers who bought this item also bought page 1 of 1 start over page 1 of 1 . Leonowens anna the english governess at the siam court tom doherty and associates new york 1999 ana leonowens autobiographical book the english governess and the siamese court reveals her experience during her six years as governess to the king of siams family in the royal palace at bangkok. Probably one of the strangest things about my reading of the english governess at the siamese court was the location in which i found the book i was rummaging through the books at the asia book store on sukhumvit road in bangkok looking for mindless mysteries to pass the time between tailor fittings