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Did you know Queen Victoria survived at least six assassination attempts?

 

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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Victoria

Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Rufus Sewell, David Bamber, Peter Bowles, Margaret Clunie & others.

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Upon waking one morning in 1837, 18-year-old heir apparent Victoria (Jenna Coleman) is informed that she is now the queen of England, in this 2016 British drama currently running on PBS. As she takes the reins of a massive empire, Victoria is tutored in politics by the dashing Lord Melbourne (Rufus ... (Read More)

       
        

Victoria: England and Empire

 
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 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 Busiest Man in England: A Life of Joseph Paxton, Gardener, Architect, and Victorian Visionary
 

The Busiest Man in England: A Life of Joseph Paxton, Gardener, Architect, and Victorian Visionary

Kate Colquhoun.
 
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Today one would be hard pressed to choose a "preeminent Victorian," but among the Victorians ...(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)

 
 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)

 
 
 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)

 
 
 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)

 
 Britain's Castles: Heritage Series
 

Britain's Castles: Heritage Series

Susie Hodge.
 
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From Harlech and Conwy to Windsor and Stirling, this book profiles more than 50 of Britain's most ...(Read More)

 
 The English and Their History
 

The English and Their History

Robert Tombs.
 
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(A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2016 and named a Book of the Year by ...(Read More)

 
 Kings & Queens: Heritage Series
 

Kings & Queens: Heritage Series

Vicky Wood.
 
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Covering ten centuries of civil wars, executions, abdications, and royal weddings, this little book ...(Read More)

 
 

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 The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London
 

The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London

Judith Flanders.
 
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The author of The Invention of Murder here gives us a revelatory portrait of everyday life ...(Read More)

 
 Inspector of the Dead
 

Inspector of the Dead

David Morrell.
 
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Nominated for both the Edgar and Anthony Awards, and the winner of the Nero and Macavity Awards, ...(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)

 
 The Wonder
 

The Wonder

Emma Donoghue.
 
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(First Edition, Autographed) (Shortlisted for the Giller Prize) Though best known for her ...(Read More)

 
 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)

 
 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)

 
 

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