Posted October 17, 2017
Dictionary Day celebrates the birthday of American lexicographer Noah Webster, who was born on October 16, 1758.
January 27, 2017
Victoria, the highly anticipated new drama series about the epic life of England’s Queen Victoria recently premiered on MASTERPIECE on PBS in the United States. It’s filling the Sunday night time slot that the smash hit Downton Abbey occupied for six years and features the same lush set design, costumes, and period detail that made Downton Abbey a huge success worldwide.
According to PBS, the eight-part drama follows Victoria from the time she becomes Queen in 1837 at the age of 18 through her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. Famous for her candor and spirit, she was the first woman who seemed to have it all: a passionate marriage, nine children, and the job of being Queen of the world’s most important nation. Victoria’s often tumultuous reign lasted for 63 years; she was England’s longest-serving monarch until she was overtaken by Elizabeth II in September 2015.
If you’re watching Victoria, we recommend reading the following titles about the Queen, her husband Albert, and her amazing life:
by Lytton Strachey
High-quality trade paperback reissue of the famed 1921 biography that portrayed the Queen as a complex human being, and not just a head of state; includes excerpts from her diaries and letters.
by Jules Stewart
Albert, prince consort to Queen Victoria and social and cultural visionary in his own right, defined the culture and direction of 19th Century Britain—a superpower at the zenith of its influence—more than any other British royal or politician.
by Alison Twells
A collection of excerpts from more than 100 documents detailing British women’s experiences from the end of the 18th Century to the outbreak of World War I. It examines, in detail, all aspects of life for women in Britain in this period. Selected writers include Mary Wollstonecraft, Harriet Martineau, Elizabeth Gaskell, Hannah More, Mary Prince, Chartist and radical women, Josephine Butler, Christabel Pankhurst, and Queen Victoria, among many others―authentic voices who illuminate this period of history in their own words.
by Michael Nelson
“…amusing anecdotes and rambling tangential stories about the Queen and her retinue afford a wide-ranging, slice-of-life perspective on Victoria and her milieu…At times breathlessly gossipy (on various royal sex scandals), at other times astutely analytical (of the Queen’s negotiations of foreign policy crises), this is an enjoyable portrait of one of the modern era’s most important monarchs. 16 pages of photos.” – Publishers Weekly (2001 HC review).
by Delia Millar
Gorgeous hardcover coffee table book with full-color reproductions of watercolor artists’ renderings of the Queen’s “adventures” in the Highlands, from the Royal Collection.
by Nigel Cawthorne
An entertaining account of the larger-than-life characters that have ruled England through the ages, including Queen Victoria.