Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy

Author(s): Paul Thomas Murphy

United Kingdom

During her long reign, Queen Victoria was the target of no fewer than eight assassination attempts. In seven of these cases her life was saved by poor marksmanship or misfiring weaponry, but one assailant managed to strike her with a finely wrought cane. Remarkably, all eight of her attackers lived to tell their tales, and were variously incarcerated in asylums, deported to Australia, or in a few cases eventually released into society again. Paul Thomas Murphy shows how these obscure would-be assassins effected a change in history. Their attacks on Victoria galvanised her to face them down by presenting a more public face than her forebears, thereby laying the groundwork for the monarchy as we know it today. SHOOTING VICTORIA opens up a new window onto Victorian England. In exploring contemporary attitudes to madness, crime and criminality, it reveals a wealth of little-known and often surprising aspects of 19th-century British society and monarchy.


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'Beautifully researched and lucidly written ... an entertaining study' Sunday Times. '[A] fascinating book ... it is a testament to his talent that these 500 pages left me wanting more' Daily Express. 'A rollicking read' The Spectator. 'Full of curiosity and zest' Mail on Sunday. 'Great fun ... well-written ... detailed ... sheds entirely new light on Queen Victoria' Kirkus (starred review). 'Part social panorama, part crime thriller, part psychological drama ... long overlooked story ... Superb' Robert Morrison. 'A fresh, lively narrative ... concise yet entertainingly informative' Publishers' Weekly (starred review).

Paul Thomas Murphy teaches interdisciplinary writing on Victorian topics at the University of Colorado. He is working on several projects relating to the Victorian period.

General Fields

  • : 9781781854334
  • : Head of Zeus
  • : Head of Zeus
  • : December 2012
  • : 228mm X 145mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paul Thomas Murphy
  • : Paperback
  • : very good
  • : 688