Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Shooting Victoria by Paul Thomas Murphy, 669 pages

I'm a fan of nonfiction, English history, true crime, and royalty, so this look at the attempts on Queen Victoria during her long reign, was a perfect melding of all of these subjects. Queen Victoria did a wonderful job of rebuilding the English people's love for their rulers, especially through her rides through London. A few crackpots taking aim at her was not going to stop her, and it had the amazing effect of increasing her popularity. One of the amazing things is, that none of the people who tried to shoot her were part of a conspiracy, they were all pretty much crazy and acting on their own. This is a pretty massive read, but very interesting.

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