Hudson, Roger (ed.) - The Jubilee Years, 1887/1897. Folio Society 1st, 1996. 'The little boys sang very sweetly in the still night their song of welcome, and then all the mass of the boys below, raising their flaming torches high into the air, shouted with their whole hearts and lungs,"Rule Britannia!"' In 1887 and 1897, Queen Victoria celebrated her Golden and Diamond jubilees. State banquets, royal processions, torchlight displays... her Majesty's loyal subjects pulled out all the stops to celebrate the anniversaries of a queen who had captured the nation's heart like none before her. By the time of her Golden Jubilee, she had finally emerged from twenty-six years of mourning her beloved husband, Prince Albert, and took her place once again at the head of a nation which felt at the height of its powers. For this specially commissioned volume, exclusive to The Folio Society Roger Hudson has drawn on contemporary accounts of this exciting era. There are chapters on Queen Victoria and the Royal Family, including the notorious private life of the Prince of Wales; on Victoria's ministers (among others, the impeccable Gladstone, without, as Disraeli said, 'a single redeeming defect'); the fashionable society of the time; the poor, living six to a room eight-foot square; the armed forces and the 'mighty chessboard' of the Raj administration; the art and literature of an age rocked by the scandal of Oscar Wilde. (Folio Society). 10¼" x 7¼", 240pp, quarter dark gery-blue buckram with pictorial paper sides, hardback. Index. Illustrated in monochrome and colour. Lavish production printed on 'art' paper. Fine, practically as-new; probably unread; complete with slip-case.
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