Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy [Audiobook] by Paul Thomas Murphy
English | June 24, 2013 | ASIN: B00D5VKC5O | [email protected] kbps | 19 hrs 54 mins | 548 MB
Narrator: Mark Whitten | Genre: Nonfiction/History
From a hunchbacked dwarf to a paranoid poet-assassin, a history of Victorian England as seen through the numerous assassination attempts on Queen Victoria while she ruled the British empire. During Queen Victorias 64 years on the British throne, no fewer than eight attempts were made on her life. Murphy follows each would-be assassin and the repercussions of their actions, illuminating daily life in Victorian England, the development of the monarchy under Queen Victoria, and the evolution of the attacks in light of changing social issues and technology.
There was Edward Oxford, a bartender who dreamed of becoming an admiral, who was simply shocked when his attempt to shoot the pregnant Queen and Prince consort made him a madman in the worlds eyes. There was hunchbacked John Bean, who dreamed of historical notoriety in a publicized treason trial, and William Hamilton, forever scarred by the ravages of the Irish Potato Famine. Roderick MacLean enabled Victoria to successfully strike insanity pleas from Britains legal process. Most threatening of all were the "dynamitards" who targeted her Majestys Golden Jubilee - signaling the advent of modern terrorism with their publicly focused attack.
From these cloak-and-dagger Descriptions to Victorias brilliant wit and steadfast courage, Shooting Victoria is historical narrative at its most thrilling, complete with astute insight into how these attacks actually revitalized the British crown at a time when monarchy was quickly becoming unpopular abroad. While thrones across Europe toppled, the Queens would-be assassins contributed greatly to the preservation of the monarchy and to the stability that it enjoys today. After all, as Victoria herself noted, "It is worth being shot at - to see how much one is loved."