- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 19 hours and 54 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: June 24, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D5VKC5O
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Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy Audiobook – Unabridged
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This book is both scholarly and readable, and I recommend it for those who are truly interested in knowing something about "the grandmother of Europe."
The development of the laws regarding an insanity defense during this period was very well developed as the book explored the attempts upon Victoria's life. There was an interesting discussion of the punishments involved in the acts of treason and madness, including the fact that, for example, exile to Tasmania involved imprisonment for often a long time before the prisoner actually left England.
There was also extensive discussion of politics during the period, including a portrayal of Gladstone and his conflicted relationship with the Queen. I felt the discussion of Irish nationalism, the famine, and the violence related to this was aimed at giving an integrated picture of the problem, but it sometimes became too convoluted for me.
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I had no idea how many attempts were made at the throne at that time!