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'“I would like to have been taught by [Paul Thomas Murphy]. He’s the most free-spirited of scholars. Shooting Victoria rambles uninhibitedly and learnedly through 19th-century history into literature, penology, constitutional theory and even ballistics, stimulating highly topical thoughts along the way.” —John Sutherland, The New York Times Book Review “[A] gripping book . . . Unravelling a rich skein of themes—justice, monarchy, prison, policing, public fears and private lunacy among them—Murphy shows how the survival of Victoria was also the survival of the British monarchy. . . . Shooting Victoria is a teeming, discursive pleasure. Murphy’s book is a feat of historical sympathy, shining light on the larger picture of the 19th century and its indestructible queen.” —The Guardian (UK) “A fresh, lively narrative . . . Entertainingly informative.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) “In this delightful book, Murphy argues that the assassination attempts on the queen during her nearly sixty-four-year reign cemented her popularity, helping her create the modern monarchy.” —The Christian Science Monitor “Enlightening study of Queen Victoria (1819–1901) and her reign. It’s great fun. . . . Murphy’s detailed rendering sheds entirely new light on the queen’s strengths and her many weaknesses.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Murphy presents his tale with a superb sense of place. . . . The result is a multifaceted picture of Victorian Britain. . . . He also covers the Don Pacifico incident; the Great Exhibition; the Tichborne Claimant and Jumbo the elephant in a book for true lovers of the minutiae of the Victorian period.” —The Telegraph (UK) “Written with as much verve and spirit as the youthful queen herself, this fascinating investigation into the attempted assassinations is a superb exploration into 19th-century construction of monarchy, police procedure and perceptions of madness. Murphy’s infectious energy is a fit tribute to the inexhaustible monarch he paints with such detail and affection.” —BBC History Magazine “Reading pleasure for all.” —Library Journal “Beautifully researched and lucidly written . . . An entertaining study.” —The Sunday Times“It is a testament to [Murphy’s] talent that these 500 pages left me wanting more.” —The Daily Express (UK) “Murphy has used an extraordinarily original and illuminating perspective on the period. I found the narrative truly compelling, both poignant and persuasive. This is a gripping book—Mr. Murphy’s broad and confident knowledge of the nineteenth century is balanced by his gift for intimate and emotional storytelling.” —Lisa Hilton, author of Queen’s Consort and The Horror of Love “This book achieves admirably the difficult task of providing a fresh account of the reign of Queen Victoria. A rattling good story, which I found difficult to put down.” —Chris Payne, author of The Chieftain “A rich, rollicking but sprawling narrative . . . Enormously entertaining.” —Scotsman'