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By Felicity Trotman

Queen Victoria reigned for sixty-four years, and in these years Britain replaced vastly. not just have been there many clinical and technological advances, comparable to the unfold of railways, a transatlantic telegraph cable and Darwin’s theories at the origins of guy, yet there have been additionally momentous social and cultural advancements, together with the development of women’s schooling and the founding of charities. This used to be prepared opposed to a backdrop of huge wealth and appalling poverty, devastating famine and battle, and the distinction of lifestyles in large urban slums and altering nation landscapes. those elements of existence have been defined in writing by way of reporters, essayists, social commentators, poets and youngsters. Novels comparable to Black attractiveness and The Water infants pricked the judgment of right and wrong of the kingdom. girls travelled: Florence Nightingale to the Crimea to reform nursing practices, Sarah Wilson to South Africa the place she used to be the 1st girl struggle correspondent. Hippolyte Taine, the French historian and thinker, used to be thinking about what he present in England, and Fredrick Engels constructed a lot of his political concept due to operating in his family’s cotton mill in Manchester. A yr within the lifetime of Victorian Britain covers a tremendous variety of topics written via quite a lot of humans. It spans the size of Victoria’s reign and comprises an access for each day of the 12 months. well-known names and unusual ones, from Victoria herself to the shy Anon, are all represented during this wealthy anthology.

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