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If you are still mourning the end of Downton Abbey, take heart! Victoria, the highly anticipated eight part Masterpiece drama series about the epic life of Queen Victoria, will take over the Downton Abbey time slot starting Sunday, January 15th, 2017. The drama follows Victoria from her coronation at age 18 through her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.
Jenna Coleman stars in the title role, joined by a stellar cast of PBS and motion picture favorites and the series comes to us from the same people who brought us Mr. Selfridge, Home Fires, and Poldark. The costuming and scenery alone should be worth the price of admission!
If, like me, your history is a bit fuzzy and you would like to bring yourself up to speed on Victoria and her England prior to the Masterpiece premiere, the library has a number of items that might interest you.
- Queen Victoria; Born to Succeed a comprehensive biography by Elizabeth Longford complete with pictures and a truly impressive foldout family tree.
- Recorded Books Modern Scholar series, The World’s First Superpower: The rise of the British Empire From 1497 to 1901. 14 lectures taught by Professor Denis Judd covering the Tudor Empire through the death of Queen Victoria.
- The Young Victoria, a 2008 feature film starring Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend, a majestic tale of romance, intrigue and power. Not to mention the 2009 Academy Award Winner for Best Costume Design!
- Four Eminent Victorians by the sardonic Lytton Strachey, first published in 1918, will give you a feel for the personalities of the time. In 200 short pages Strachey paints surprising portraits of four different Victorians; Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Dr. Thomas Arnold, known for his reforms to Rugby School which were immortalized in Thomas Hughes’ Tom Brown’s Schooldays, and General Charles George Gordon, British army officer and administrator who saw action worldwide and is immortalized by none other than Charlton Heston in the 1966 epic film, Khartoum.
- For some time period atmosphere check out a few murder mysteries in either of Ann Perry’s Victorian series featuring Charlotte and Thomas Pitt or William Monk. Find them in our Mystery Room, our large print section or even in audiobook format. And did someone say Charles Dickens?
- And if all of that is not enough, coming very soon to a library near you, Victoria, the historical fiction account of Victoria’s life written by none other than Daisy Goodwin, the creator and screenwriter of the Masterpiece presentation.