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For some reason, Laurence Housman wrote a series of gentle, pious little plays about Queen Victoria; this is one. They are hilarious by modern standards, and reveal the difficulties of writing plays about the powerful, of any era. The illustrations in my edition, by Ernest H. Shepard, are the best things about the plays; he of A Wind in the Willows fame brought his delicate touch and whimsy to these illustrations in a way that helps them from succumbing too quickly to their own pomposity. Good ...more