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  • ‘Victoria And Abdul’ Trailer: Queen Judi Dench’s New Footman Stirs The Imperial Pot

    05/30/2017 10:27:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | May 30, 2017 | Erik Pedersen
    “No one really knows what it’s like to be queen.” It’s 1887, and the British Empire is celebrating Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee — 50 years on the throne. Kings and princes are in attendance. So is Abdul Karim, who has traveled from his famine-ravaged India to the event to present the aging monarch with a ceremonial coin. “Whatever you do, you must not look at Her Majesty,” he is admonished. But eye contact is made, followed by a sweet smile, and a most unlikely historical friendship is born.
  • Why Thomas Hardy, Not Jane Austen, Is a Better Guide to Love

    02/16/2017 6:09:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Accultured ^ | February 14, 2017 | Sarah Gustafson
    Valentine’s Day is here, and with it, the usual slew of literary and pop culture reminders of what love does to us. Pick your poison—Jane Austen, Nicholas Sparks, the Brontes, Old Hollywood, 90s rom coms, BBC bodice rippers—we are saturated by reminders that a rewarding life includes a worthy, rewarding and, above all, romantic relationship. I don’t hate the romantic canon. But I want to convince you that we should broaden it by reviving an underrated masterpiece: Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd. (The novel has also been made into a beautiful movie, although, full disclosure, I’ve not seen...
  • Beautifully ornate VICTORIAN Valentine's Day cards reveal how people wooed their [tr]

    02/13/2017 8:14:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 13, 2017 | Jo Tewwdy
    For many, February 14th has evolved to be the antithesis of romance, a day where a 50 per cent mark-up on a bunch of wilting red roses has become par for the course. Roll back the centuries though and wooing was an altogether more authentic affair. A set of Victorian Valentine's Day cards - including beautifully ornate designs in paper and cloth - show just how our 19th century counterparts won the hearts of their paramours.
  • Bones of 19th century prison ship inmates buried in mudbank are now being uncovered [tr]

    02/02/2017 9:36:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 2, 2017 | Anthony Joesph
    Bones of 19th century prison ship inmates, which have been buried in mudbank, are not being uncovered. Human bones including skulls, teeth and vertebrae, litter the shoreline on grisly Deadman's Island off the coast of Sheppey, Kent. The uninhabited mudbank, which lies just 40 minutes from central London, was used as a mass burial ground for criminals who died on board prison ships, like those referenced in Charles Dicken's novel Great Expectations, in the 1800s.
  • My Cousin Rachel | Official HD Trailer | 2017

    01/30/2017 11:20:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 25, 2017 | Staff
    A dark romance, MY COUSIN RACHEL tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.
  • Google celebrates the 184th birthday of Louisa May Alcott with Doodle

    11/29/2016 6:33:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    UPI ^ | November 29, 2016 | Sheri Elfman
    Google is celebrating what would be Little Women author Louisa May Alcott's 184th birthday with a new doodle. Released Tuesday, the doodle, created by artist Sophie Diao, portrays the book's characters Beth, Jo, Amy, and Meg March, as well as Jo's best friend Laurie.
  • Historic pictures reveal reality of visiting a beach in Victorian Britain [tr]

    09/22/2016 7:35:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 22, 2016 | Jenny Awford
    From fashionable ladies flashing their ankles as they paddle in the shallows, to hard-working fish wives helping sort the catch of the day, these historic photographs reveal the reality of visiting a beach in Victorian Britain. The snapshots of the past, taken between 1895 and 1902, show the stark contrast between decadence and deprivation on the Yorkshire coast as the straight-laced Victorian era made way to elegant Edwardianism. While two expensively-dressed young children were seen riding donkeys along a road - led by a boy in ragged clothes - other, much more impoverished street urchins, were seen scavenging for shellfish...
  • Was Queen Victoria a 'sexless old bag'? No, that was an invention by woman-hating gay courtiers [tr]

    08/21/2016 7:19:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 21, 2016 | Chris Hastings
    Dour, sexless, perpetually unamused… Queen Victoria has had a notoriously bad press since her death in 1901. Yet according to A.N. Wilson, the historical adviser to ITV drama Victoria, this reputation is not only wide of the mark, it was deliberate propaganda masterminded by a Royal Family desperate to suppress the truth about her passionate nature. The court appointed two misogynistic homosexuals to get this message across – the suave courtier Viscount Esher and the academic and writer Arthur Benson, who wrote the lyrics to Land Of Hope And Glory. Together, they sanitised her letters for publication.
  • Julian Fellowes Presents Downton Abbey II: Just kidding: Doctor Thorne.

    05/20/2016 8:39:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Slate ^ | May 20, 2016 | Willa Paskin
    Downton Abbey just finished its six-season run two months ago, but if you have been fiending for British accents, period costumes, poorly managed hereditary estates, class tensions, love stories revolving around a young woman named Mary, and the nostalgic eye of Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, here comes Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne. The miniseries, adapted from an Anthony Trollope novel, arrives on Amazon on Friday, having aired earlier this year in the U.K. under the simple title Doctor Thorne. For its move to America, the show has put on airs. These airs reflect Amazon’s ambitions, ones that will perhaps...
  • For sale, gun Queen Victoria gave servant rumoured to be her lover: Double-barrelled rifle [tr]

    04/05/2016 6:27:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 4, 2016 | Staff
    An antique rifle that was a gift from Queen Victoria to a manservant who was rumoured to have been her lover is to be sold at auction. The .450 double-barrelled hammer rifle, valued at £40,000 was given to John Brown at Christmas 1873. The monarch had turned to trusted attendant Brown for counsel after the death of her husband, Prince Albert in 1861, and it was suggested they were romantically involved.
  • Cressida Bonas is whirled around the dance floor in an elegant period dress [tr] [Harry's Ex]

    03/04/2016 6:58:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 3, 2016 | Sam Creighton and Sophia Moir
    With her charming grace and flowing ball gown, she certainly looks every inch the aristocrat. But then, Cressida Bonas has had her fair share of practice attending such regal events as featured in ITV's Doctor Thorne. Prince Harry's former girlfriend makes her television debut on Sunday in the three-part drama that sees her play the small part of Patience Oriel, a ‘very pretty’ potential love interest for a main character who is dismissed because her fortune is not big enough.
  • How the Beeb (BBC) has turned Dickens into the one soap you MUST watch: Your indispensable [tr]

    12/26/2015 5:05:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 25, 2015 | Laura Freeman
    Before Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple and even Sherlock Holmes, there was Charles Dickens' Inspector Bucket. He may be less well-known and not possess the deductive brilliance of his successors, but in his plodding, dogged, methodical, clean-shirted way Mr Bucket is one of the all-time great detectives. In Bleak House, while others soak themselves in gin and criminality, the Inspector has his breakfast of tea, toast and marmalade before a day's work quietly, politely dredging up the truth from London's darkest depths. Inspector Bucket is a central character in the BBC's ambitious new 20-episode series Dickensian, which starts tonight. It's something...
  • New self-portrait by Charlotte Bronte is discovered and she drew it by looking in the mirror [tr]

    10/27/2015 6:30:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 27, 2015 | Dayla Alberge
    It is hardly the most flattering of likenesses, but a pencil sketch of a woman's head has been identified as a rare self-portrait by Charlotte Brontë. It dates from 1843, four years before she was to publish Jane Eyre, one of English literature's great masterpieces, and when she was suffering the acute agony of unrequited love. The discovery has been made by the acclaimed literary biographer, Claire Harman, who describes it as 'massively significant' as there are only two other known lifetime portraits.
  • THE PASSION OF “TESS”

    05/01/2015 6:17:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Powerline ^ | May 1, 2015 | Scott Johnson
    We’re finishing the Victorian novel class I have been taking at a college in St. Paul with Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles. I want to offer a few notes on the novel in the hope that some readers may share their thoughts and others may take up the novel if they haven’t read it before. It is an essential novel. Our great young teacher has structured the course with four novels that evoke the plight of women in Victorian fiction. With Tess we reach the summit (or a summit) of this plight. Tess is an extraordinarily lovable woman who...
  • NOTES ON “MIDDLEMARCH” (2)

    03/13/2015 7:58:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | March 13, 2015 | Scott Johnson
    Though Middlemarch has a large cast of characters involved in intricately related plots, Dorothea Brooke stands out as the book’s heroine. The narrative begins and ends with her. Book I of the novel’s eight Books is “Miss Brooke.” She is a young woman of simple beauty and surpassing decency. She yearns idealistically to benefit humanity, or subordinate herself as the helpmate of a great man like John Milton in his blindness. Yet she is exceedingly foolish.
  • NOTES ON “MIDDLEMARCH”

    03/12/2015 6:23:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | March 12, 2015 | Scott Johnson
    On Monday I finished reading George Eliot’s great Victorian novel Middlemarch for the first time. I have tried and failed to finish it several times; it’s not easy reading. At a few points it is, briefly, a slog. Although it remains a subject of debate, I believe the novel lacks a happy ending. Nevertheless, for me, the ending was happy. I finished the book. What did it take? I sought permission to audit an undergraduate class in the Victorian novel at a local college and paid for the privilege. I needed a structure within which to read the book. Like...
  • Victorian fathers were the ORIGINAL New Men who spent time and joked with their children

    01/16/2015 6:55:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 3 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 16, 2015 | Martha Cliff
    We may all have been cooing at David Beckham's touching outing with his three-year-old daughter Harper on her scooter this week, but according to a new study, this fatherly behaviour is nothing new. The study contests the widely-held view that there's been a generational shift in attitudes to fatherhood and only today's 'New Man'is more comfortable with his parenting role. Academics from the universities of Manchester and Leeds examined fatherhood in Britain during the 19th and 20th centuries and found strong evidence that dads were far more involved in their children's lives than previously thought.
  • Let's Bring Back Mourning Clothes

    10/29/2014 6:40:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    The New Republic ^ | October 26, 2014 | Hillary Kelly
    When Ellen Olenska—freshly back from Europe under a pall of ambiguous disgrace—invites Newland Archer to her home for the first time in Edith Wharton’s novel The Age of Innocence, she ignores the unwritten sartorial mandates and dons “a long robe of red velvet bordered about the chin and down the front with glossy black fur.” As a little girl, Ellen appeared to exhibit a similar disregard for convention, mourning her parents in wildly inappropriate clothing: “crimson merino and amber beads.” The gossips and busybodies who recall that childhood faux pas want to imply a provocative question About Ellen: Was the...
  • The Best-Dressed Way to Say Goodbye

    10/21/2014 10:46:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | October 21, 2014 | Justin Jones
    All-black attire hasn’t always been reserved for coffee shop poets and champagne-sipping fashionistas. Up until the turn of the 20th century, it was almost exclusively a sign of mourning: women publicly showing respect for the loss of a loved one. But, somewhere between the fury of the industrial revolution and women’s liberation, the tradition itself died out, leaving only a brief implication that lingers in graveyards and funeral services with fleeting significance. Now, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is revisiting the trend, taking visitors back to black with the debut of the Anna Wintour Costume Institute’s first fall exhibition in...
  • Bono's daughter Eve Hewson stuns in period costume during ..on set of drama The Knick in snowy NY

    01/10/2014 7:11:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 10, 2013 | Fay Strang
    She first made her mark in the movie industry in 2011 starring alongside Sean Penn in This Must Be The Place. And it seems Bono’s daughter Eve Hewson is here to stay, as she was spotted on the set of period drama The Knick on Thursday. The 22-year-old was seen in costume on the snowy streets of New York as a wedding scene, featuring Juliet Rylance, unfolded.