The Victorian Treasury: A Collection of Fascinating Facts and Insights about the Victorian Era by Lucinda HawksleyThe Victorian age was an era that witnessed enormous changes around Britain and affected vast swathes of the globe. It was a time of great invention, social upheaval, medical breakthroughs, religious fervour, brutal legislation, terrifying crimes and excessive hypocrisy. With intriguing facts and stories, The Victorian Treasury looks at the minutiae of everyday life, as well as the major events that changed the world. It uncovers what it was like to live during the time of Queen Victorias long reign from 1837 to 1901 and reveals: Urban legends such as Spring Heeled Jack, the notorious crimes of Jack the Ripper and Constance Kent, the building of the London Underground, how a Victorian maid spend her leisure time, and, the experience of travelling on a steam train for the first time.
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10 facts from the Victorian era that prove people werent quite as buttoned-up as we thought!
Historians, however, have found that the people who lived between and , the years Queen Victoria reigned, had some very odd and quirky habits. In fact, even with so much that would shock a Victorian nowadays, they also had plenty that still shocks us! Electropathy was the use of electricity to alleviate everything from gout to muscle pains, rheumatism to liver problems. Basically, what all this boiled down to was giving the patient electric shocks, and hope that would somehow shock the problem out of them. Humble rhubarb was a huge hit with Victorians. WHEN Dante Gabriel Rossetti lost his wife, Elizabeth Siddal, the London-born painter and poet had his last work buried with her, sure he would never wish to write again with the love of his life gone forever. He blamed himself for her death, which some believe was suicide, and it was his way of punishing himself for it, by giving up poetry.
They take mourning seriously. Women often wore mourning rings which were usually made from onyx or jet and featured hair from the deceased person. Some would even bottle their mourning tears. Often, women were hired to stand at a bachelors grave site, usually blonde, to cry inconsolably so that he seemed adored. Hypnotism, divination and spiritualism were huge.
The Victorian Era was a period of transformation for the British people. Their society was prosperous and innovative, but also subject to rigid social constructs. Below are 45 proper facts about the Victorian era. Very soon you will be Victorian or that sort of thing yourselves; next session probably, when the freshman come up. Barrie, Courage. Born and raised in Germany, where the Christmas tree was common, he transplanted the Christmas symbol to England by bringing one to Windsor castle in
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The base layer of any woman's outfit was a pair of long bloomers like the ones above. But these bloomers were designed only to cover each leg, not the "unmentionables". This was to allow women to use the toilet more easily, and also because dresses were so heavy and comprised of several layers, which kept everything hidden. TL;DR: Victorian vaginas had a direct line of sight to the floor. Many historians believe that in the absence of commercial sanitary pads, and because women wore so many layers most women would do nothing and would bleed freely into their undergarments.
The Victorian period was a time of discovery, rebellion and exploration for those who lived through it. It was also a prosperous time for Sudeley, which saw many improvements under the watchful eye of owner, Emma Dent. Health professionals in the Victorian era were constantly innovating and suggesting new and interesting ways to fight illnesses. Toxic arsenic was widely consumed by Victorians. Women believed it had qualities which made skin appear younger, and so it was a major ingredient in many cosmetics whereas men would consume arsenic pills as a way of stimulating their libido. Unsurprisingly, these products caused extreme sickness and lead to many fatalities before people understood the true power of the substance. Many Victorians would specialise in collecting objects, from zoological and botanical to geological and archaeological.
The Victorian Era was a time of change, of innovation, and of really strange social values. Victorian society had all sorts of quirks, especially the upper class. The Victorian upper-crust liked to pretend they were royalty, and made up all sorts of social rules and became obsessed with subjects you would never expect, mostly because they had nothing better to do with their time. PHOTO: lisawallerrogers. During the early s, the science of archaeology was still in its baby stages, and most of it was centered around Egypt. Victorians were obsessed with all of the fascinating artifacts brought back from dug-up Egyptian tombs. Mummies were often unwrapped and put on display, and Victorians attended hundreds of lectures and exhibitions on the subject.