An interesting but ultimately unsatisfying book. The style (breezy) is at odds with the topic. Murphy views the 19th century, and Britain's monarchy, through 21st century eyes. What was most annoying though was the use of Clayton's end notes. The end notes that aren't referenced in the text, and in the notes themselves are only referenced by a page number. If you are going to go to the bother of including notes, DO IT PROPERLY.
This seems to be the fashion in US published semi academic works.
Queen Victoria inherited a crown that had been thoroughly tarnished by her predecessors' incompetence and immorality, but by the time of her death 64 years later, the monarchy was almost universally adored. Author Paul Murphy believes that seven attempts to assassinate Victoria boosted the queen's popularity with her subjects and helped her to strengthen the monarchy. Shooting Victoria focuses on the men who tried to kill her, their motives, and their convictions and punishments. It also details changes in criminal law and police administration while describing Victoria's relationships with her prime ministers. This intriguing approach to Victoria's life and times (a New York Times Notable Book for 2012) will please readers who enjoyed Helen Rappaport's A Magnificent Obsession. History and Current Events November 2014 newsletter.
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