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Victoria Day Weekend @your Library

We all look forward to the long weekend in May, the opening of the cottage, the beginning of gardening and various celebrations, but do we really acknowledge why we have this holiday? This day was chosen to celebrate the birthday of Queen Victoria who reigned from 1837 to 1901, the longest reign of any British monarch until the current Queen Elizabeth.

The Victorian age was one of industrial expansion, economic progress and growth of British Empire. Although Queen Victoria had less power than previous monarchs, she still possessed great influence over the affairs of her country and empire. You can learn more about this influential queen at the Bracebridge Public Library.

The film, The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt, depicts the early life of Queen Victoria and her marriage to the love of her life, Prince Albert. It is this relationship that is also featured in Helen Rappaport’s book A Magnificent Obsession. Victoria and Albert raised nine children and were very happily married. Prince Albert’s death was mourned not only by the Queen and her family but by the whole nation.

Perhaps this weekend you would like to return briefly to the Victorian era by preparing a dish from The Victorian Cookbook, compiled by Michelle Berriedale-Johnson. Featuring over 100 recipes adapted for modern cooks, this book also includes details of Victorian life.

Daisy Goodwin, creator and writer of the new PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria, has just published a fascinating novel, titled simply Victoria, based on the diaries kept by Queen Victoria. Did you know that when she ascended the throne, she chose to be called by her second name?

There are surprising similarities between Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II which may prompt you to read some of the wonderful books we have about the present queen as well. In fact, Bracebridge Public Library has a number of books about royalty and subscribes to the magazine Majesty for your enjoyment.

May 15, 2017

By Ruth Holtz

Digital and Information Services Librarian

Bracebridge Public Library

 

 

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