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September 28, 2012 @ 8:24 am

54. Victoria’s Biography (Part 1/5: 1817-61)


In the first of five podcasts we look at the life and reign of Queen Victoria, beginning in 1817 with the death of the Prince Regent's only legitimate child, Princess Charlotte, and the race among George III's sons to produce a legitimate heir. The Duke of Kent was the winner, but he did not have long to enjoy it, leaving Victoria under the thumb of Sir John Conroy and her mother in the Kensington System, keeping her under strict control. In this episode, we follow her stand against Conroy, her early years as queen with the genial PM Lord Melbourne, and finally her marriage to Prince Albert. This is a very different Victoria from the popular memory: young, spirited, laughing and sensual - but the tragedy of 1861 would change everything...

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  • carl

    Thanks for keeping this one under 80 minutes guys. It means it can be transferred to a CD and listened to in the car. I really enjoyed this podcast. I learned a lot about Victoria that I didnt know.

    Incidentally I live in Melbourne (named after her beloved PM) in Victoria (named after you know you) in Australia so this one is of particular interest to me!

    Sep 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm
  • David Nolan

    Have you had much stick about the amusing section from this podcast when one of you declares “she needs a man”? Ally’s reaction to Victoria’s enthusiastic embrace of marriage was also quite entertaining.

    I notice your Victoria episodes are correctly filed under the Hanoverians, since Victoria was officially the last of that household. Until I saw that and went and did some checking I had been under the mistaken belief that William IV was the last Hanoverian and Victoria the first Saxe-Coburg, but of course she did not marry Albert, and thereby join his family, until after she had ascended the throne. How come she cannot claim to be both the last Hanoverian, until she married, and the first Saxe-Coburg thereafter? Is it one of those odd conventions of monarchical history? After all, a female commoner with no siblings is part of her parental family until she marries and then takes her husband’s name. Apologies if you explained in this in the episode and I was not paying proper attention.

    Oct 12, 2012 at 7:49 pm
  • Cassandra

    A humble suggestion: any future official Rex Factor merchandise might include a shirt or a mug or something that just says “However.”

    Oct 12, 2012 at 11:54 pm
  • Cassandra

    (I can’t even tell you how much I’m enjoying your podcast. Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to do these.)

    Oct 12, 2012 at 11:58 pm
  • rexfactor

    Thanks all for the comments.

    Carl - glad the episode was more convenient in its length - had we tried to do Victoria in one or two episodes I dread to think how long it would have lasted! There’ll be more on Melbourne in the Prime Minister’s episode (Part 3).

    David - It was Ali who unwittingly declared that V needed a man just before she got one and yes, he did rather amusingly come to feel embarrassed by the consequences of the union!

    Cassandra - thank you so much for listening and enjoying it! Good suggestion on the merchandise, people are definitely starting to pick up on repeated phrases!

    Oct 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm
  • Meghan

    Hi guys

    I recently discovered your podcast and I love it! I have listened to all of the episodes in just 2 weeks! History has never been so funny. I often find myself breaking out in laughter randomly at the supermarket or the bank while listening on my ipod. I must look a little crazy. My most recent favourite moment has to be Ali’s reaction to Victoria’s bedroom activities. Priceless! Keep up the good work.

    Meghan (from New Westminster, Canada. New Westminster, the original capital city of the province of British Columbia, was named by Queen Victoria herself after the nearby rival city of Victoria claimed that New Westminster’s original name of Queensborough was too similar to its own name. Victoria, the city not the person, also happens to be the current capital of the province)

    Nov 21, 2012 at 12:21 am
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