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Shooting Victoria
Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy | Paul T. Murphy
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From a hunchbacked dwarf to a paranoid poet-assassin, a history of Victorian England as seen through the numerous assassination attempts on Queen Victoria during her reign During Queen Victorias 64 years on the British throne, no fewer than eight attempts were made on her life. Murphy follows each would-be assassin and the repercussions of their actions, illuminating daily life in Victorian England, the development of the monarchy under Queen Victoria, and the evolution of the attacks in light of changing social issues and technology. There was Edward Oxford, a bartender who dreamed of becoming an admiral, who was simply shocked when his attempt to shoot the pregnant Queen and Prince consort made him a madman in the worlds eyes. There was hunchbacked John Bean, who dreamed of historical notoriety in a publicized treason trial, and William Hamilton, forever scarred by the ravages of the Irish Potato Famine. Roderick MacLean enabled Victoria to successfully strike insanity pleas from Britains legal process. Most threatening of all were the dynamitards who targeted her Majestys Golden Jubileesignaling the advent of modern terrorism with their publicly focused attack. From these cloak-and-dagger plots to Victorias brilliant wit and steadfast courage, Shooting Victoria is historical narrative at its most thrilling, complete with astute insight into how these attacks actually revitalized the British crown at a time when monarchy was quickly becoming unpopular abroad. While thrones across Europe toppled, the Queens would-be assassins contributed greatly to the preservation of the monarchy and to the stability that it enjoys today. After all, as Victoria herself noted, It is worth being shot atto see how much one is loved.
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Ubookquitous
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Excellent history, connecting the numerous attempts on Victoria's life and the way in cemented the love of her people. The details were excellent and it moved quickly while managing to fold in the political with the personal. I read for #readharder and #popsugarchallenge (both had a true-crime task)

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EvieBee
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This was on sale the other day, and it just sounded so fascinating. A book about the assasination attempts on Queen Victoria's life. There were 8!

I'm the first person at the theater to see Hidden Figures. So excited! #readjanuary #royals #kindle

readordierachel Ooh, that sounds intriguing. 3y
EvieBee @ReadOrDieRachel Right? We're not morbid. 3y
KikiLovesBooks This fits right in with my current Victoria mania, thanks! 3y
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Leelee08
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If any of you are interested in Victorian history, this is only $1.99 as an ebook today. I scooped it up immediately!❤🎩

emilyesears This is a good book!! 3y
Leelee08 @emilyesears I was so excited to get it!😀 3y
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BookishRedhead
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So many attempts

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