Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria : A Biographical Companion

By (author) Helen Rappaport


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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.

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  • Hardback | 465 pages
  • 188 x 254 x 32mm | 1,020.59g
  • 05 May 2003
  • ABC-CLIO Ltd
  • Oxford
  • English
  • 57
  • 1851093559
  • 9781851093557

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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."

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"[P]art of ABC-CLIO's Biographical Companions series, which profiles people who have had significant impact on the social, political, and cultural development of the Western world . . . For larger academic libraries attempting to augment undergraduate collections in European history, or large public libraries needing to provide history buffs with basic information about the queen and her era." - Choice

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