Queen Victoria: A Biographical Companion (Biographical Companions) (Hardcover)

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In this fascinating guide to every aspect of Queen Victoria's life, author Helen Rappaport analyzes the queen's personality, celebrates her achievements, and details the shortcomings of her empire, both in Britain, with its continuing divide between rich and poor, and overseas, where Britain's great empire was won by repression and exploitation.

A-Z entries--including topics barely touched in standard biographies--cover things like the various assassination attempts on her life, her interest in dancing and Jack the Ripper's murders, and how her husband Prince Albert introduced the celebration of Christmas to England. Queen Victoria also describes individuals such as her companion Lady Jane Churchill, her physician Sir James Clark, and politicians such as William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli; events like the Irish potato famine; inventions like steam power; and issues such as missionary activity and prostitution. It also includes bibliographies both for each entry and overall, and a chronology.

About the Author

Helen Rappaport is a professional writer, researcher, Russian translator, and historical consultant, specializing in the 19th century. Her published works include ABC-CLIO's Encyclopedia of Women Social Reformers.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781851093557
ISBN-10: 1851093559
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
Publication Date: May 5th, 2003
Pages: 465
Language: English
Series: Biographical Companions