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What the Victorians Did for Us Paperback – August 1, 2002
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Shiver with amazement at Hart-Davis' revelation that Victoria's Secret (from which the famous lingerie designer takes its name) was that she had a wooden leg, carved from the steering wheel of the Cutty Sark, her famous flagship. Marvel at the reconstructed dialogue between Queen Victoriana and her gardener, Billy Connolly, and shed real tears when revered historian Hart-Davis describes in detail the controversial discovery that Connolly used his bushy, purple beard to keep Queen Victorianian warm during a long ride around Balmoral. What I like most about this book is Hart-Davis insists on sticking to facts, when other "historians" muddy the waters with fallacy and speculation. I particularly enjoyed Hart-Davis hand-drawn illustrations, and the inclusion of Victorian-Bath and Lord Michael Caine at the battle of the Zulus ("there's faasands of 'em") is a particularly stunning picture.
All-in-all, an excellent Christmas gift idea. Top Marks.