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When You Strike At a Queen...Judith Flanders reviews "Shooting Victoria."
Wall Street Journal ^ | July 27, 2012 | Judith Flanders

Posted on 07/27/2012 7:15:48 AM PDT by C19fan

British television has a lot to answer for. From "Upstairs, Downstairs" to "Downton Abbey," it has perpetrated an image of "historical" Britain as a country filled with a loved, even revered, upper class that gracefully patronizes the lower orders, who in turn are thrilled to roll over and have their tummies tickled by their social superiors. Absent is any sense of political, much less social unrest—there are no bread riots, no Luddites, no machine wreckers. Thus many PBS viewers might be surprised by the violence that accompanied the 19th century's extreme political instability. And they might be positively shocked to learn that no fewer than seven of Queen Victoria's subjects made attempts on her life.

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TOPICS: Books/Literature; History
KEYWORDS: assassination; victoria
The book fails to mention the secret assassination attempt by a group of werewolf worshiping monks. (Doctor Who reference)
1 posted on 07/27/2012 7:15:53 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Probably quite a few anarchists in the group as well.


2 posted on 07/27/2012 7:30:31 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: C19fan
no fewer than seven of Queen Victoria's subjects made attempts on her life

Please don't tell Bill O'Reilly about this. It might motivate him to write "Almost Killing Victoria." Then we'd have to listen to him brag about it for six months.

By the way, what's the over-under on how many words in "Killing Lincoln" O'Reilly actually wrote himself? I'm guessing it was less than 100 words, with the "co-author" writing the rest.

3 posted on 07/27/2012 7:31:59 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern? you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: C19fan
I guess the author if this piece missed the episode of Downton Abby where the socialist chauffeur gets involved with an election day riot caused by leftist agitators.
4 posted on 07/27/2012 7:54:43 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: SoCal Pubbie

The reviewer also missed more than a few episodes of Upstairs Downstairs, too.


5 posted on 07/27/2012 8:49:14 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Hold My Beer and Watch This!)
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