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October 12, 2012 @ 8:16 am

55. Victoria’s Biography (Part 2/5: 1861-1901)


Following the death of her beloved husband, Albert, Victoria plunged into mourning, wearing black for the rest of her life and refusing to perform her duties in public. Her reclusive habits saw her popularity plunge and the spectre of republicanism being discussed even in Parliament. However, the efforts of two prime ministers, Gladstone and Disraeli, to coax her back into public life, plus the support of a Scottish ghillie, John Brown, started to have some effect. The turning point proved to be the illness and recovery of her eldest son, Bertie, after which Victoria once again became a figure of popular sympathy. From the 1870s, Victoria was a symbol of British imperial expansion and was once more at the heart of national and international affairs. But eventually, time would catch up with her and the Victorian sun would set...

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  • David Nolan

    Another good episode. I never knew that Kaiser Wilhelm II had helped measure Victoria for her coffin: a good bit of historical trivia. I was surprised that, when talking about Victoria’s difficult relationship with Gladstone, you did not mention her famous complaint: ‘He addresses me as if I were a public meeting.’

    Oct 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm
  • Kevin Shields

    Superb again.

    Thanks for this, much appreciated

    Nov 12, 2012 at 9:25 pm
  • Heather

    Love the podcast. I am listening from beginning again since this Yank had to get used to both of your accents. **Crumbs** So now I am picking up more listening to it a second time. Please tell me that Victoria part 3 is getting ready for release!

    Nov 14, 2012 at 6:21 pm
  • rexfactor

    Thanks for the comments everyone - the Gladstone quote may well get an airing in the second part of the Prime Minister podcasts. As for another outing of Ali saying “Crumbs”, I can’t quite recall!

    Nov 20, 2012 at 9:09 pm
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