Skip to comments.When You Strike At a Queen...Judith Flanders reviews "Shooting Victoria."
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 unrestthere 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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Probably quite a few anarchists in the group as well.
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.
The reviewer also missed more than a few episodes of Upstairs Downstairs, too.