Violent Victorians: Popular entertainment in nineteenth-century London
By drawing attention to the wide range of gruesome, bloody, and confronting amusements patronized by ordinary Londoners, this book challenges our understanding of Victorian society and culture. From the turn of the nineteenth century, graphic, yet orderly, "re-enactments" of high level violence flourished in travelling entertainments, penny broadsides, popular theaters, ch...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Manchester University Press
(first published April 10th 2012)
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This is a fabulous work of cultural history that tackles all sorts of popular Victorian entertainments from melodramas to newspapers and more. If you want to know what ordinary Londoners saw, enjoyed and explored in their off hours, Crone's book is a great introduction that lays out not only the major types of popular culture available, but also how they intersected with the world of elites, with the burgeoning regulation of a respectable-minded middle class and the occasionally crass economic e...more