Call it the Penny Dreadful influence. While we’re not entirely sure if Eva Green and the darkly romantic horror television series had anything to do with it, Victorian London was a major theme on the fall/winter 2015 runways. You could see it in Givenchy’s Victorian-chola girl mash up or Marc Jacobs’s American filter on the the straight-laced era, but one thing was certain: Covering up is the new sexy for the season.
But what of the original Victoria, the longest reigning British monarch in England’s history? The writer A. N. Wilson rediscovers the life of the queen, whose empire once extended throughout the entire globe, in his new biography. The subtly nuanced book covers all aspects of the queen’s life and delves into the something previous biographers have not covered in depth before: the rich inner life of the queen. Delving into the mountains of the queen’s letters and books, Wilson draws on her own words and descriptions to paint a vivid image of the life that the queen led in court and in private, and how she turned the British Empire into the greatest of its time.
Victoria: A Life by A. N. Wilson, USD19.71, available at Amazon.com.