6 history articles about the Victorian era
The 64-year reign of Queen Victoria saw society change unlike any other time. From medicine and social reform to colonial expansion, Britain underwent a massive transformation. BBC History Revealed’s Emma Slattery Williams rounds up six articles you need to read about the queen and life under her rule
Queen Victoria and Albert’s relationship
The love story of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert is a tempestuous romance known the world over. But do you know about any of the men in Victoria’s life before Prince Albert? Author Helen Rappaport explores the suitors who attempted to win the hand of one of Europe’s most eligible women.
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The horrors of Victorian medicine
In the modern age, we are fortunate to have such advances in medicine that surgery no longer carries such high risks as it once did. Anaesthetic was only coming into use during the mid 19th-century and before this people underwent amputations, tumour removals and other hideous procedures with no pain relief. Dr Lindsey Fitzharris takes us through the gruesome world of the Victorian hospital.
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Queen Victoria’s Indian confidant
Abdul Karim – whose story is told in the 2017 film Victoria and Abdul – was Queen Victoria’s Indian confidant and their friendship sent shockwaves through the royal household. Historian Shrabani Basu explores the fascinating story of this young man who became teacher and confidant to the ageing queen.
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Charles Dickens: champion of the poor
Victorian writer Charles Dickens highlighted the plights and grim reality of the lives of Britain’s in his novels Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol. Rosalind Crone uncovers how Dickens fought for social justice through his words.
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Victoria, the warrior queen
During Victoria’s reign, the British empire underwent a massive period of expansion. This was achieved by a series of wars and conquests and Saul David explains how the young queen navigated these conflicts.
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Queen Victoria’s children
One fact that almost everyone knowns about Queen Victoria is that she had nine children. As monarch, it was her duty to ensure the future of her dynasty and set an example of the ideal family, but this didn’t mean her family life was all plain sailing. On the outside, the royal family exemplified the epitome of a traditional Victorian family but underneath, there were many tensions. Denys Blakeway explores the often-turbulent relationship Victoria had with her children.
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Emma Slattery Williams is Staff Writer on BBC History Revealed