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Did you know Queen Victoria was known as the “grandmother of Europe”?

 

Queen Victoria


Is it any wonder that we call the greater part of the 19th century the Victorian era? In a time of unremitting social, economic, and technological change
—including railroads, steamships, photography, telephones, gas lighting, electrical service, heavy industry, exploration, expanding empires, and globalization—Britain's stalwart queen was the one thing that could be relied upon.
 
But more than that, Victoria was and is a fascinating entity in her own right, most recently inspiring the major PBS Masterpiece series Victoria, which focuses on her first years in power as a headstrong teenage queen. We are delighted to offer a wide range of books, DVDs, and other items exploring Victoriana and life in Britain and its empire, from illuminating biographies by Julia Baird, Daisy Goodwin, and Matthew Dennison to works by and about such literary giants of the day as the Brontës, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, and Arthur Conan Doyle. 
 
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Lady's Maid

Margaret Forster.

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Young and timid but full of sturdy good sense and awakening sophistication, Lily Wilson arrives in London in 1844 and becomes a lady's maid to the fragile, housebound Elizabeth Barrett. Wilson is quickly drawn to her mistress's gaiety and sharp intelligence, the power of her poetry, and her deep ... (Read More)

       
        

Victoria: England and Empire

 
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 Victoria: The Complete First Season
 

Victoria: The Complete First Season

Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Rufus Sewell, David Bamber, Peter Bowles, Margaret Clunie & others.
 
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(Pre-order now! Release date January 31, 2017) Upon waking one morning in 1837, 18-year-old ...(Read More)

 
 We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals
 

We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals

Gillian Gill.
 
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The most influential marriage of the 19th century and one of history's most enduring love ...(Read More)

 
 The Making of Victorian Values: Decency & Dissent in Britain: 1789–1837
 

The Making of Victorian Values: Decency & Dissent in Britain: 1789–1837

Ben Wilson.
 
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This is the history of an era rather like our own—a time when dissenters and rebels were ...(Read More)

 
 How to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life
 

How to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life

Ruth Goodman.
 
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A historian who believes in getting her hands dirty, Ruth Goodman here draws on her own adventures ...(Read More)

 
 Victoria—The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire
 

Victoria—The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire

Julia Baird.
 
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The term "Victorian" has long conjured propriety and adherence to convention—yet the queen for whom ...(Read More)

 
 
 Guide to Britain's Working Past
 

Guide to Britain's Working Past

Anthony Burton.
 
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From the handsome collection of locomotives at the National Railway Museum in York to the majestic ...(Read More)

 
 The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince
 

The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince

Jane Ridley.
 
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(One of the New York Times Book Review's Best 100 Books of 2013 and a Boston Globe ...(Read More)

 
 Cities of Empire: The British Colonies and the Creation of the Urban World
 

Cities of Empire: The British Colonies and the Creation of the Urban World

Tristram Hunt.
 
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At its peak, the British Empire was an urban civilization of epic proportions, leaving behind a ...(Read More)

 
 Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem and the Modernisation of the Monarchy
 

Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem and the Modernisation of the Monarchy

Paul Thomas Murphy.
 
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During Queen Victoria’s 64-year reign, no fewer than eight attempts were made on her life; the ...(Read More)

 
 Victoria: The Heart and Mind of a Young Queen: Official Companion to the <I>Masterpiece</I> Presentation on PBS
 

Victoria: The Heart and Mind of a Young Queen: Official Companion to the Masterpiece Presentation on PBS

Helen Rappaport. Daisy Goodwin, foreword.
 
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(Pre-order now! Release date 1/31/17) Gorgeously illustrated with photography from the ...(Read More)

 
 
 Perilous Question: The Drama of the Great Reform Bill 1832
 

Perilous Question: The Drama of the Great Reform Bill 1832

Antonia Fraser.
 
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Evoked in the novels of Trollope and Thackeray, and described by cub reporter Charles Dickens, the ...(Read More)

 
 Victoria
 

Victoria

Daisy Goodwin.
 
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(First Edition, Signed Bookplate) Early one morning, less than a month after her 18th ...(Read More)

 
 Soldiers of the Queen: Victorian Colonial Conflict in the Words of Those Who Fought
 

Soldiers of the Queen: Victorian Colonial Conflict in the Words of Those Who Fought

Stephen Manning.
 
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The reach of Victorian Britain's power across the queen's vast empire has always been ...(Read More)

 
 Queen Victoria's Stalker: The Strange Story of the Boy Jones
 

Queen Victoria's Stalker: The Strange Story of the Boy Jones

Jan Bondeson.
 
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After her coronation in 1838, Queen Victoria was a frightened young woman; she was relentlessly ...(Read More)

 
 Dynamite, Treason & Plot: Terrorism in Victorian & Edwardian London
 

Dynamite, Treason & Plot: Terrorism in Victorian & Edwardian London

Simon Webb.
 
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Although Britons may think of terrorism as a relatively recent phenomenon, it has been a feature of ...(Read More)

 
 

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Victoriana

 
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 The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland
 

The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst.
 
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(Finalist for the 2015 Costa Biography Award) Wonderland is part of our cultural ...(Read More)

 
 The Big Book of Jack the Ripper: The Most Complete Compendium of Ripper Stories Ever Assembled
 

The Big Book of Jack the Ripper: The Most Complete Compendium of Ripper Stories Ever Assembled

Otto Penzler, ed.
 
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Of all the serial killers whose gruesome deeds have splashed across headlines, few have reached the ...(Read More)

 
 Underworld London: Crime and Punishment in the Capital City
 

Underworld London: Crime and Punishment in the Capital City

Catharine Arnold.
 
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Beginning with an atmospheric account of Tyburn—a village synonymous with capital punishment ...(Read More)

 
 Mrs Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady
 

Mrs Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady

Kate Summerscale.
 
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Headstrong, high-spirited, and already widowed, Isabella Walker became Mrs. Henry Robinson at age ...(Read More)

 
 Advice to Single Women
 

Advice to Single Women

Haydn Brown.
 
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"Single women who have been industrious, and who have boldly carved out a career for themselves, ...(Read More)

 
 
 The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
 

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle.
 
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"Mr Sherlock Holmes, the well-known private detective, was the victim of a murderous assault ...(Read More)

 
 They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper
 

They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper

Bruce Robinson.
 
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The mystery of Jack the Ripper has spawned obsessive theorists and endless volumes purporting to ...(Read More)

 
 The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes
 

The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes

Zach Dundas.
 
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Today he is the inspiration for innumerable adaptations, blockbuster movies, hit television shows, ...(Read More)

 
 Dangerous Days on the Victorian Railways: Feuds, Frauds, Robberies and Riots
 

Dangerous Days on the Victorian Railways: Feuds, Frauds, Robberies and Riots

Terry Deary.
 
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The Victorians risked more than just delays when boarding a steam train, for although they would ...(Read More)

 
 Murder in the First-Class Carriage: The First Victorian Railway Killing
 

Murder in the First-Class Carriage: The First Victorian Railway Killing

Kate Colquhoun.
 
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On a muggy July evening in 1864, London banker Thomas Briggs was traveling home after visiting his ...(Read More)

 
 

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