Has anyone else been watching the Victoria series on PBS? Each episode plays every Sunday evening at 9 PM (EST). I think it’s two seasons long. The synopsis from their website:
The early life of Queen Victoria, from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18 to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.
Actor’s Jenna Coleman, Rufus Sewell, and many others in the star studded cast are doing a good job of entertaining. I don’t know how factual these stories are about Victoria since my main area of interest is medieval England and French history, especially the Tudor dynasty (1485-1603). My bookshelves are laden with book after book on this subject. According to on-line sources, Queen Victoria ruled from 20 June 1837 to 22 January 1901 (over 63 years). That means that until the current day Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Victoria was the longest ruling monarch of the United Kingdom.
After watching just two episodes of Victoria, I’m ready to rectify my woeful lack of knowledge concerning this monarch and era in English history. So, last night I ordered two used paper backs from Amazon:
Queen Victoria: A Personal History by Christopher Hibbert,
and Victoria’s Daughters by Jerrold M. Packard. (This last book was only one penny plus shipping. Now that’s a bargain.) Not being familiar with any of these authors, I’m venturing into unrecognized territory. Should be interesting!