Book review – Victorian history

The central image is of the middle-aged Matilda Hacker and her sister Amelia, strolling on the seafront in Kent. Dressed identically in flounced skirts, lace shawls and gaudy sashes, they were referred to as ‘the Canterbury belles’. Cover of The Illustrated Police News, 7 June 1879

The body in the cellar: another grisly unsolved Victorian murder

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Literary non-fiction demands that a respectable household is not really a respectable household — and the Bastendorffs of 4 Euston…

Fanny Cornforth’s mouth comes under Kathryn Hughes’s scrutiny. The Pre-Raphaelite muse is seen here in Rossetti’s ‘The Blue Bower’

Why did Darwin grow a beard? And what was George Eliot so keen to hide?

21 January 2017 9:00 am

The fetishisation of the Victorians shows no sign of abating. Over the past 16 years, since the centenary of the…

Murder most foul in Victorian Greenwich

23 July 2016 9:00 am

With the current political saga running in our heads, trumping all other stories, it has been hard to concentrate on…

The Wicked Boy is finally redeemed

30 April 2016 9:00 am

During the heatwave in the summer of 1895, the Gentlemen v. Players match at Lords Cricket Ground on 8 July…

On the trail of a Victorian femme fatale

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Kate Colquhoun sets herself a number of significant challenges in her compelling new book, Did She Kill Him? Like Kate…