The Victorian Public School

The Victorian Public School

Paperback Shire Library

By (author) Trevor May

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  • Publisher: SHIRE PUBLICATIONS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 56 pages
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 210mm x 3mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 19 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
  • ISBN 10: 0747807221
  • ISBN 13: 9780747807223
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.)
  • Sales rank: 641,342

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Public schools were in the business of producing leaders - in national government, in the Empire, and in the armed forces. Their impact on society was immense, and they provided the vehicle by which the sons of the middle classes could be assimilated into the gentry. Historian Trevor May examines the development of the Victorian and Edwardian public school, covering their defining characteristics, their slowly evolving curriculum, and the often-notable headmasters. The spartan, and often brutal, life of the schoolboy is examined, and account is taken of the role of fagging and the prefect system.

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Trevor May was educated at the universities of London and Exeter and is now a professional historian, writer and educator. He has written over a dozen books on social and economic history topics, including books in the Shire Library series. He lives in Devon. The author lives in Devonshire, England.