Not So Virtuous Victorians

Michelle Rosenberg, Sonia D Picker

Date Published :
January 2021
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
History Snapshots
Illustration :
50 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526700919
Pages : 80
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


What springs to mind when you think of British Victorian men and women? – manners, manners and more manners. Behavior that was as rigid and constricted as the corsets women wore. From iron-knicker sexual prudery to men so uptight they furtively released their pent up emotions in opium dens and prostitute hot spots. All, of course, exaggerated clichés worthy of a Victorian melodrama.

Each generation loves to think it is better than the last and loves to look aghast at the horrifying trends of their ancestors. But are we really any different? This glimpse at life for Victorian men and women might make millennials think again.

Men and women were expected to live very differently from one another with clearly defined roles regardless of class. However, lift the skirts a little and not only will you see that they didn’t wear knickers but they were far less repressed than the persistent stereotypes would have us believe. The Victorians were as weird and wonderful as we are today.

From fatal beauty tips to truly hysterical cures for hysteria to grave robbers playing skittles with human bones, we have cherry picked some of the more entertaining glimpses into the lives led by our Victorian brothers and sisters.

About The Author

Michelle Rosenberg is a writer and passionate women’s historian with a great fondness for her two daughters, bawdy humor and inappropriate language (in that order). She is on the Advisory Board of the East End Women’s Museum.

Sonia Picker is an American Scot living far from home in the wilds of London. A keen writer with particular interests in women’s history, social issues and women’s rights, she also acts as a social media creative consultant for growing businesses. With a background in publishing, journalism and the voluntary sector, she aims to change the lives of young people using history as an inspiration.

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