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Old January 12th, 2018, 03:16 PM   #1
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Questions about the Victorians


Hi,
I hope this is allowed here, I'm sorry if it's not.
I am writing a novel set at the end of Queen Victoria's reign and although I have done my research into era, I still have a few questions that I need to find the answer too.
I came across this forum (and have lost a few hours browsing, I do love history) hoping to find someone (or a few people) who knows a bit about the Victorian times, especially the Upper Classes in society so that I could ask a few questions.
Would there be anyone willing to help me?

Thank you so much,
Kayleigh
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So, ask away. We have a whole bunch of members who love little more than to be asked their opinion. Where is your story set, and what specifically would you like to know?
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Old January 12th, 2018, 08:10 PM   #3
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You could start by reading Professor Asa Briggs book available in paperback about the Victorians .
You could also study how there was a cottage industry of English aristocracy marrying rich Americans daughters i.e successive Dukes of Devonshire in the 19th century married the wealthy daughters of American milionaires.
That's why Winston Churchill's mother Jenny Jerome was a Yank..Your fellow Brummie Neville Chamberlain's mother was an American too.
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Hi,
I hope this is allowed here, I'm sorry if it's not.
I am writing a novel set at the end of Queen Victoria's reign and although I have done my research into era, I still have a few questions that I need to find the answer too.
I came across this forum (and have lost a few hours browsing, I do love history) hoping to find someone (or a few people) who knows a bit about the Victorian times, especially the Upper Classes in society so that I could ask a few questions.
Would there be anyone willing to help me?

Thank you so much,
Kayleigh
For the purpose of writing a fictional account set in a real location and in a specific time period is best done by reading, and Google.
If it is Victorian, acquainte yourself to the works of Dickens, Wilde and George Eliot.
The same is true for artists, politicians, notorious criminals of the day, modes of transportation and the cost of a meal and the coin of the realm.
Let historical events effect your drama, but not too much. The should be only a vague back drop.
Read newspaper accounts from the day.
Then place yourself there..
Years ago, you had to go to the big libraries to research hard to find information, Today, use Google.
The Alienist by Kaleb Carr is an excellent example of an historical novel. A serial killer is lose on the streets of turn of the century New York City.
The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson is an historical novel set in the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. While a serial killer goes unnoticed.

One thing I left out was the depiction and influence of class. It can be in either one, but class sets boundaries.

Be accurate! A mistake can cause your story to suddenly lose credibility..

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