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Celtic Culture in Words and Music

Queen Victoria: A Life of Contradictions

Queen Victoria: A Life of Contradictions
Item# 9780007504572

Product Description

Publisher: Harper Collins

Author: Matthew Dennison

Queen Victoria is Britain's queen of contradictions. In her combination of deep sentimentality and bombast, cultural imperialism and imperial compassion, fear of intellectualism and excitement at technology, romanticism and prudishness, she became a spirit of the age to which she gave her name. Victoria embraced photography, railway travel, modern art and the use of chloroform; she resisted compulsory education for the working classes and recommended 'a good whipping' for a leading women's rights campaigner. This is a compelling assessment of Victoria's mercurial character and impact, written with the irony, flourish and insight that this queen so richly deserves. (hb)