BY E. Gordon Browne, M.A.
WITH TWELVE FULL-PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS
George G. HARRAP & company
2 & 3 Portsmouth Street Kingsway W.C.
Turnbull & Spears, Printers, Edinburgh, Great Britain
I. A look back
II. Childhood days
III. Early years
IV. Husband and wife
V. Family life
VII. The children of England
VIII. Ministering women
X. The great exhibition
XI. Albert the good
XII. Friends and advisers
XIII. Queen and empire
XIV. Stress and strain
XV. Victoria the great
the queen’s first Council at Kensington palace
the Duke and duchess of Kent
the announcement of the queen’s accession
queen Victoria in the Highlands
the Albert memorial
sir Robert Peel, Lord Melbourne, and Benjamin Disraeli
the secret of England’s greatness
the Victoria and Albert museum
CHAPTER I: A Look Back
In the old legend of Rip Van Winkle with which the American writer Washington Irving has made us so familiar, the ne’er-do-weel Rip wanders off into the Kaatskill Mountains with his dog and gun in order to escape from his wife’s scolding tongue. Here he meets the spectre crew of Captain Hudson, and, after partaking of their hospitality, falls into a deep sleep which lasts for twenty years. The latter part of the story describes the changes which he finds on his return to his native village: nearly all the old, familiar faces are gone; manners, dress, and speech are all changed. He feels like a stranger in a strange land.
Now, it is a good thing sometimes to take a look back, to try to count over the changes for good or for evil which have taken place in this country of ours; to try to understand clearly why the reign of a great Queen should have left its mark upon our history in such a way that men speak of the Victorian Age as one of the greatest ages that have ever been.