• Shooting Victoria

Shooting Victoria

Shooting Victoria

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  • Author
    Paul Thomas Murphy
  • Publisher
    Head Of Zeus
  • Publication date
    10 December 2012

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    Shooting Victoria

  • Author

    Paul Thomas Murphy

  • Date Published

    10 December 2012

  • Publisher

    Head Of Zeus

  • Pages

    672 pages

  • ISBN

    9781781851982

Book Description

During her long reign, Queen Victoria was the target of no fewer than eight assassination attempts. In seven of these cases her life was saved by poor marksmanship or misfiring weaponry, but one assailant managed to strike her with a finely wrought cane. Remarkably, all eight of her attackers lived to tell their tales, and were variously incarcerated in asylums, deported to Australia, or in a few cases eventually released into society again.

Paul Thomas Murphy shows how these obscure would-be assassins effected a change in history. Their attacks on Victoria galvanised her to face them down by presenting a more public face than her forebears, thereby laying the groundwork for the monarchy as we know it today.

SHOOTING VICTORIA opens up a new window onto Victorian England. In exploring contemporary attitudes to madness, crime and criminality, it reveals a wealth of little-known and often surprising aspects of 19th-century British society and monarchy.

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