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Britain's Great Victorian Scandals - Late 1800s

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Discover some of the most intriguing Victorian scandals that affected royalty, artists, writers, politicians, and aristocracy in two self-contained lectures.  The November class covers the first half of Queen Victoria’s reign and includes the history of the railway king and his Ponzi scheme; the Eglinton tournament of 1839; Charles Dickens and his domestic arrangements; the shameful treatment at court of Lady Flora Hastings, a lady in waiting, and a court that scandalously enforced rigid protocols.  The December class covers the latter part of the reign and includes the unpopularity of John Brown, Queen Victoria’s servant; the rivalry between Benjamin Disraeli and Gladstone; the famous 1878 court case between Whistler and Ruskin; the failed career of Lord Randolph Churchill; a stately home gambling fiasco that was allegedly perpetrated in the presence of the Prince of Wales; and the scandal that surrounded the Prince’s circle of glamorous mistresses, one of whom threatened to publish his letters.


Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Fri

Scarsdale Public Library

Lorella Brocklesby 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
12/1/2017 - 12/1/2017 Weekly - Fri 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Scarsdale, Scarsdale Public Library  Map Lorella Brocklesby