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Shooting Victoria During Queen Victoria S 64 Year Reign, No Fewer Than Eight Attempts Were Made On Her Life Murphy Follows Each Would Be Assassin And The Repercussions Of Their Actions, Illuminating Daily Life In Victorian England, The Development Of The Monarchy Under Queen Victoria And The Evolution Of The Attacks In Light Of Evolving Social Issues And Technology.There Was Edward Oxford, A Bartender Who Dreamed Of Becoming An Admiral, Who Was Simply Shocked When His Attempt To Shoot The Pregnant Queen And Prince Consort Made Him A Madman In The World S Eyes There Was Hunchbacked John Bean, Who Dreamed Of Historical Notoriety In A Publicized Treason Trial, And William Hamilton, Forever Scarred By The Ravages Of The Irish Potato Famine Roderick MacLean Enabled Victoria To Successfully Strike Insanity Pleas From Britain S Legal Process Most Threatening Of All Were The Dynamitards Who Targeted Her Majesty S Golden Jubilee Who Signaled The Advent Of Modern Terrorism With Their Publicly Focused Attack.From These Cloak And Dagger Plots To Victoria S Brilliant Wit And Steadfast Courage, Shooting Victoria Is Historical Narrative At Its Most Thrilling, Complete With Astute Insight Into How These Attacks Actually Revitalized The British Crown At A Time When Monarchy Was Quickly Becoming Unpopular Abroad While Thrones Across Europe Toppled, The Queen S Would Be Assassins Contributed Greatly To The Preservation Of The Monarchy And To The Stability That It Enjoys Today After All, As Victoria Herself Noted, It Is Worth Being Shot At To See How Much One Is Loved.


10 thoughts on “Shooting Victoria

  1. says:

    One of those all too common history books which would have been much better at about a third of the length There is, though, something fascinating in the sheer hopelessness of all eight attempts on Victoria s person Perhaps that s why to the best of my awareness, and if I m wrong, do tell me about them nobody ever seems to have got any work of substance out of one fascinating counterfactual possibility they suggest wh...


  2. says:

    It is worth being shot at to see how much one is loved, Queen VictoriaAn exhaustive history of the many men who shoot at Queen Victoria While they varied in background, their motives were surprisingly and sadly similar and usually had nothing to do with injuring the queen Paradoxically, Victoria was only injured once, and the incident wouldn t be in the book had Murphy stuck rigorously to his title Oxford was pleased to find himself an object of so much interest No bit of related tri It is worth being shot at to see how much one is loved, Queen VictoriaAn exhaustive history of the many men who shoot at Queen Victoria While they varied in background, their motives were surprisingly and sadly similar and usually had nothing to do with injuring the queen Paradoxically, Victoria was only injured once, and the incident wouldn t be in the book had Murphy stuck rigorously to his title Oxford was pleased to find himself an object of so much interest No bit of related trivia is too small or unrelated for inclusion Therefore, the reader is subjected to the history of all the other monarchs shot at, the life history of the police, prime ministers, cell mates, the Great Exhibition of 1851, with a cameo by P T Ba...


  3. says:

    I found this a surprisingly intriguing book that genuinely challenged a lot of what I thought I knew about late 19th Century Britain which, don t get me wrong, was a lot But I didn t know that so many attempts most of them fairly pathetic, in fairness had been made on Her Maj s life, and I didn t know how the reaction...


  4. says:

    Author Paul Thomas Murphy reveals details of Queen Victoria s seven assailants in greater detail than would be expected by the book s title and subtitle Shooting Victoria Madness, Mayhem and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy examines the political landscape, family and background of each attacker, and the assailant s motivations After describing each incident in detail, author Murphy goes on t...


  5. says:

    Here s a fun fact many Americans probably don t know Queen Victoria was the victim of eight assassination attempts, by seven different men one of them tried twice Paul Thomas Murphy, in his book Shooting Victoria Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy, chronicles those attempts, as well as giving an overview of Victoria s reign, and most especially, the development of the laws surrounding the attempts.Victoria, of course, is one of the most impactful monarchs of the last f Here s a fun fact many Americans probably don t know Queen Victoria was the victim of eight assassination attempts, by seven different men one of them tried twice Paul Thomas Murphy, in his book Shooting Victoria Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy, chronicles those attempts, as well as giving an overview of Victoria s reign, and most especially, the development of the laws surrounding...


  6. says:

    I am relieved and slightly let down as I finally finish this book, and honestly have no idea how I m going to rate it as I start writing my review When I started reading it, this book was my jam I find reading about assassinations and assassination attempts really interesting and highly recommend Sarah Vowell s Assassination Vacation to anyone else who feels the same way , love all things British, and am drawn to the Victorian era although I don t know a ton about it Case in point before re I am relieved and slightly let down as I finally finish this book, and honestly have no idea how I m going to rate it as I start writing my review When I started reading it, this book was my jam I find reading about assassinations and assassination attempts really interesting and highly recommend Sarah Vowell s Assassination Vacation to anyone else who feels the same way ...


  7. says:

    The problem with this book was not its length, which would have been a pleasure had it been well focused Murphy s clear passion for research and writing skills are a joy Unfortunately, it was unclear what the book was about crime, mental illness, Queen Victoria s reactions to her assassination attempts, justice in Victorian England Murphy had to follow every tangent to its very end the book was structured like a tree with limbs and branches Not all blame falls on the writer, though I f...


  8. says:

    A very good collective biography that goes a step farther The story deals with the people who tried to assassinate Queen Victoria, along with their stories, associated events, and how the British monarchy switched from the dislikable, excessive Hanoverans to what we know today Very well written, excellent notes and sources, and two inserts of photographs For anyone interested in British mona...


  9. says:

    Fascinating, entirely enthralling readable book, despite its size I know sometimes historian asides and digressions can veer into padding or authorial conceit or just accidentally off topic in their enthusiasm for the subject, and while this book could so easily have gone off the rails, I was impressed on just how comprehensive this really is If you read no other book perhaps on Victoria or her reign, I d advise this one The assassination attempts against her luckily coincided with some of th Fascinating, entirely enthralling readable book, despite its size I know sometimes historian asides and digressions can veer into padding or authorial conceit or just accidentally off topic in their enthusiasm for the subject, and while this book could so easily have gone off the rails, I was impressed on just how comprehensive this really is If you read no other book perhaps on Victoria or her reign, I d advise this one The assassination attempts against her luckily coincided with some of the lowest part of her rule, restoring her popularity from ebbs the Bedchamber Incident, marriage to a foreign prince, Chartist upheavals, disconten...


  10. says:

    This book is a very detailed, but enjoyable, account of the various assassination attempts on Queen Victoria Reigning for over 60 years, she was shot at or physically attacked seven different times throughout her long stay on the throne Though no bullet ever struck her, and rarely did the attackers claim they wanted to actually kill her, the events nonetheless were harrowing episodes in Victoria s life.What makes Shooting Victoria such a fascinating read is that Murphy doesthan just re This book is a very detailed, but enjoyable, account of the various assassination attempts on Queen Victoria Reigning for over 60 years, she was shot at or physically attacked seven different times throughout her long stay on the throne Though no bullet ever struck her, and rarely did the attackers claim they wanted to actually kill her, the events nonetheless were harrowing episodes in Victoria s life.What makes Shooting Victoria such a fascinating read is that Murphy doesthan just recap the buildup, shooting and aftermath of each incident he In lesser hands, such a book would only ...