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Lucy Worsley presents a ten-part BBC radio exploration of Queen Victoria’s reign via notable encounters In this revealing series, acclaimed historian and Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, Lucy Worsley, explores the reign of Queen Victoria through pivotal figures in her life. We meet ten key individuals – some well known, others less so – and find out how they influenced the Queen, what she thought of them: and what they thought of her. Beginning with Victoria’s Prime Minister and closest advisor, Lord Melbourne, Worsley goes on to introduce us to the Queen’s lady-in-waiting, Lady Flora Hastings; the Mayor of Newport, Thomas Phillips, governess Louise Lehzen and two popular American entertainers, Tom Thumb and Buffalo Bill – as well as dresser Frieda Arnold; celebrity nurse Florence Nightingale; royal ‘favourite’ Abdul Karim and Bishop Randall Davidson. There are also encounters of a different kind, as Lucy Worsley chronicles Victoria’s grief at the death of her husband, Prince Albert, and records Victoria’s own final days and the crowd of people who gathered as Britain’s longest-reigning monarch breathed her last. Travelling from Kensington Palace to a luxury hotel on the Côte d’Azur, Worsley talks to eminent writers and historians and draws on letters and diaries including the Queen’s own journal to provide fascinating insight into Victoria’s world and those who helped shape it. 1 Accession Day and Kinky Lord M – 1837 With historian Philip Ziegler 2 Poor Lady Flora – 1839 With historian Kathryn Hughes 3 A Wounded Welshman – 9 December 1839 With historians Les James, Rhian E. Jones and curator Oliver Blackmore 4 The Governess – 3 September 1842 With Historic Royal Palaces curator Claudia Williams 5 American Idols – 1844 and 1887 With historian Helen Davies and V&A curator and writer Nicholas Rankin 6 The Dresser – Frieda Arnold, 1854 With Beatrice Behlen, Senior Curator at the Museum of London and Joanna Marschner, Senior Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, Kensington Palace 7 A Nightingale at Balmoral – Florence Nightingale – September 1856 With historian Mark Bostridge 8 An Encounter with Death – 13 December 1861 With historian Helen Rappaport 9 Mutiny Against an Indian – 1897 With historians Priya Atwal and Shrabani Basu 10 The Sinking of a Great Ship – Bishop Randall Davidson – 25th January 1901 With writer and historian A.N. Wilson Extracts from Queen Victoria’s Journals by Gracious Permission of Her Majesty The QueenShow more
"Jane Austen at Home offers a fascinating look at Jane Austen's world through the lens of the homes in which she lived and worked throughout her life. The result is a refreshingly unique perspective on Austen and her work and a beautifully nuanced exploration of gender, creativity, and domesticity."--Amanda Foreman, bestselling author of Georgianna, Duchess of Devonshire Take a trip back to Jane Austen's world and the many places she lived as historian Lucy Worsley visits Austen's childhood home, her schools, her holiday accommodations, the houses--both grand and small--of the relations upon whom she was dependent, and the home she shared with her mother and sister towards the end of her life. In places like Steventon Parsonage, Godmersham Park, Chawton House and a small rented house in Winchester, Worsley discovers a Jane Austen very different from the one who famously lived a 'life without incident'. Worsley examines the rooms, spaces and possessions which mattered to her, and the varying ways in which homes are used in her novels as both places of pleasure and as prisons. She shows readers a passionate Jane Austen who fought for her freedom, a woman who had at least five marriage prospects, but--in the end--a woman who refused to settle for anything less than Mr. Darcy. Illustrated with two sections of color plates, Lucy Worsley's Jane Austen at Home is a richly entertaining and illuminating new audiobook about one of the world's favorite novelists and one of the subjects she returned to over and over in her unforgettable novels: home.Show more