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Queen Victoria's death in January 1901 shook Britain to its core, and reverberated not just throughout the .

Queen Victoria's death in January 1901 shook Britain to its core, and reverberated not just throughout the Commonwealth. While the last days of a monarch's life may seem a slight subject for a book, this is ultimately a lively and detailed slice of social history, which captures the mood and mindset of turn-of-the-century England via extensive quotes from letters and newspaper articles. Rennell also reveals some of the less immediately obvious consequences of the royal death: for example, with the whole nation plunged into mourning, textile manufacturers who were in the midst of producing bright-hued spring attire faced financial disaster.

Queen Victoria's death in January 1901 shook Britain to its core, and reverberated not just .

Queen Victoria's death in January 1901 shook Britain to its core, and reverberated not just throughout the Commonwealth, but around the world. She was a woman in her eighties, and yet it seems no one could contemplate the end of a reign that had lasted so long. Most could not remember a time when she was not Queen, and the very stability of everyday life seemed to depend on her regency.

The Last Days of Glory clearly belongs in the later category. The first tale is of the last days in the life of Queen Victoria in January 1901. It is just as clear that the book succeeds in meeting the standards of its type. Rennell gives the reader a vivid portrayal of the effect that Queen Victoria's death had on her family, other royalty in Europe, and her subjects in the Empire. He does this by relating anecdotes from multiple sources, including Victoria's doctor, her assistant private secretary, and even the residents of North Ronaldsay in the Orkneys. To me, this event was mainly memorable as the page 1 headline in the newspaper featured prominently in the movie "The Shootist. The first tale is of the last days in the life of Queen Victoria in January 1901

Queen Victoria's death in January 1901 shook Britain to its core, and reverberated not just throughout the Commonwealth, but around the world.

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The Death of Queen Victoria. Published 2001 by Penguin Books From inside front cover: Queen Victoria's death in January 1901 shook Britain to its core, and reverberated not just throughout the Commonwealth but around the world. Published 2001 by Penguin Books. Biography, Death and burial, History, Queens. Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, 1819-1901. From inside front cover: Queen Victoria's death in January 1901 shook Britain to its core, and reverberated not just throughout the Commonwealth but around the world. Most could not remember a time when she was not Queen, and the very stability of everyday life seemed to depend on her regnecy.

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Queen Victoria's death in January 1901 shook Britain to its core, and reverberated not just throughout the Commonwealth, but around the world. She was a woman in her eighties, and yet it seems no one could contemplate the end of a reign that had lasted so long. Most could not remember a time when she was not Queen, and the very stability of everyday life seemed to depend on her regency. The anxiety of the government and the royal family about the prospect of the Queen's death was such that the news of her illness was deliberately concealed from the public for more than a week. When it came, people from England to Jamaica wept in the streets, and this grief was surpassed only by fear for the future. "God help us" was the standard reaction from all strata of society. The Last Days of Glory is the definitive account of those last 23 days in January 1901, when Victoria traveled to Osborne House to die. The momentous reaction to the Queen's passing attached to it more significance and a greater sense of change than the turn of the century had carried just a year earlier. Through the prism of those last days Tony Rennell presents us with a series of resonant and absorbing snapshots of a fading Empire at the end of the Victorian Age, and captures a nation coping with change, balancing comfortable nostalgia with the arrival of a new order.

Comments: (7)

Kagda
History books can be classified into two types. The first type is a book where the author uses the historical facts to substantiate an argument. The second type is where the author presents the facts in order to provide an understanding of the impact an event had on the people who lived through it. The Last Days of Glory clearly belongs in the later category. It is just as clear that the book succeeds in meeting the standards of its type.
Rennell gives the reader a vivid portrayal of the effect that Queen Victoria's death had on her family, other royalty in Europe, and her subjects in the Empire. He does this by relating anecdotes from multiple sources, including Victoria's doctor, her assistant private secretary, and even the residents of North Ronaldsay in the Orkneys. He is so effective in his efforts that the reader can easily picture being in the bedroom with the Royal Family as Victoria expires, or in St. George's Chapel for the funeral.
As Rennell points out, the book can also serve as an insight into reactions that might occur when the current, long-reigning queen dies. Given that perspective, this book is something that may be more relevant than the casual reader may assume. However, Rendell's scholarship and concise writing make this book worth reading regardless of its possible application to the future.
Yggfyn
When I first saw that this book was published, I was skeptical that enough information could be gathered about Queen Victoria's death to make for interesting reading. Was I wrong! The Last Days of Glory: The Death of Queen Victoria by Tony Rennell contains not just lots of interesting information, but also all the high drama required of a good Victorian novel. The cast of characters is unbelievable. They include: 1. a robust queen whose rapidly failing health is kept from her public until the last minute 2. a reluctant heir who would rather go fox hunting and spend time with his mistresses than attend his mother's deathbed or assume the throne 3. a passel of children and grandchildren who hover about and argue with each other 4. an obnoxious, arrogant and overbearing grandson (Kaiser William II) trying to make nice with his British cousins (who all loathe him) while trying to muscle his way into the death scene 5. a personal doctor who is second guessed at every opportunity, is never allowed to physically examine the queen and who serves as a spy to the Kaiser 6. a bishop who tries to interject too much "churchiness" into the death scene and is finally asked to leave 7. a head dresser who has promised the queen to sneak a large number of objects and mementos into the queen's coffin (without her family's knowledge) including several from the queen's devoted Scottish servant, John Brown (also rumored to be her secret husband) 8. a large number of heads of state who scheme and plot and politic against each other at the funeral, even though most of them are related to each other 9. an Empire of British subjects who have never known another sovereign and 10. a large group of faithful but bumbling government officials who have no clue how to bury the old monarch or install the new one because they haven't had to worry about such things for over 63 years.
Add to this story a lost effigy for the burial sarcophagus and over 100 daily newspapers scrapping for every little tidbit of information, and you have a saga most fiction writers could only dream about. To make the story even more interesting, we learn about the changes in the Empire and the world during the course of Victoria's reign. Telegrams have revolutionized communication, telephones are in their infancy, and no one really believes that the new horseless carraiges will become popular because they're too expensive. Queen Victoria's death takes place at the dawn of a new millennium, so the end of the 19th Century and the end of the Victorian Era occur together. Also, the British Empire will never again be as great or as grand as it was during Victoria's reign. It all makes for fascinating reading.
The only flaw I could find in The Last Dayas of Glory involved a historical fact. The Russian Tsar and Tsarina, Nicholas and Alexandra (Victoria's favorite granddaughter) got married after Nicholas became tsar and not before. But other than this minor error, I find no fault here. Tony Rennell's book is a nice surprise and well worth reading.
Saintrius
If you are into Victorian history, or the history of England and/or Modern Europe, this book is for you. It has an interesting thesis- that the death of Victoria was much more than the passing away of a little (at least by the time she sickened and died...when hale and hearty, Victoria was almost corpulent)old woman at the end of a full life. The author masterfully brings to life the personalities involved throughout the Royal Family and the world, as well as the financial and political implications of the end of Queen Victoria's long life and long reign. It was a quick read and very engaging, especially the first half of the book, which chronicled Victoria's final illness and death.
Galanjov
Reading this right now. Great book. I love Victoria!
komandante
Good factual information, but ongoing
Umdwyn
I really wanted to like this book, as I have acquired nearly every book written about Queen Victoria and her family. Unfortunately, it quickly became clear that the book, while dealing with a very interesting topic fell quite short on substance. How does an author stretch three weeks into three hundred pages is beyond me, especially when dealing with the end of someone’s life. We all know how the story ends, regrettably. However, it may have been better to cover the years 1897 (the year of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee - 1901, the year of her death. I struggled to finish it. I gave it two stars instead of one simply because it covers a topic I am very interested in.
Agarus
This book was actually two stories, which is its greatest weakness and the reason I cannot rank it higher. The first tale is of the last days in the life of Queen Victoria in January 1901. To me, this event was mainly memorable as the page 1 headline in the newspaper featured prominently in the movie "The Shootist." The story of the aged queen's decline and death at the outset of a new century (and the corresponding denial and devastation of her subjects) show the stability she brought to Britain during her long reign. The second story that follows is a much weaker one: Victoria's funeral. The details of all the extensive planning and protocol demands is strictly for royal watchers. Enjoyed the first half; skimmed most of the second half.
The Last Days of Glory: The Death of Queen Victoria download epub
Historical
Author: Tony Rennell
ISBN: 0312276729
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Historical
Language: English
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (September 25, 2001)
Pages: 336 pages