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Queen Victoria came to the throne almost without resources, under threat from republicanism, in a period of social, political and economic turbulence. She died, having revived the failing image of the British monarchy, head of one of the world's richest families. Victoria was the first monarch in British history to combine the public role of head of state with the private one of wife and mother. Alone among married women she was not governed by laws which stipulated surrendering both name and fortune to one's husband. Yet she herself opposed the movement for women's rights.The complex effects of Victoria's gender on public attitudes and her own actions are brilliantly drawn out in this intriguing book.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781860499128
ISBN-10: 1860499120
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 5-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Dorothy Thompson

Dorothy Thompson was born in 1923 and grew up in London and France. She graduated from Cambridge having interrupted her studies to undertake war service. She was a lecturer in the history department at Birmingham University for many years and has also been a visiting professor at Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Brown Universities in the USA. She now lives in Worcester.

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