The Victorian era was full of eccentric characters, which, arguably, makes this period all the more fascinating. This isn’t to forget their more than bizarre habits and career paths, with plenty of questionable practices, not to mention their ‘obsession’ with death.
In today’s article, let’s take a look at just three prominent figures from the Victorian era.
We couldn’t have a list of famous Victorians without the queen at the time. Queen Victoria began her reign at the early age of 18 (1837) and remained queen until she passed away in 1901.
Throughout her reign, Queen Victoria experienced several declines and restorations in popularity, for various reasons, including her mourning her husband, Prince Albert. During this period, she chose to isolate herself from the public.
By the time of her death though, the public’s faith had been re-established.
Renowned for works such as Great Expectations, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist and many more, Charles Dickens was a writer and “social critic” during the Victorian era. It is believed that Dickens’ hard past inspired many of his novels. After attending a private school, he was later removed due to financial troubles in his family.
Little did he know that the debts had gotten so bad that his entire family were jailed, and he was forced to spend ten hours a day working in a boot-blacking shop. An unsafe role by all means, Dickens managed to weave his way out of the tiring hours when he was employed as a journalist, following his training to become a shorthand writer.
Jack the Ripper
Not all prominent figures during the Victorian era were famous because of what they gave to society, which is evident in the case of notorious Jack the Ripper.
A serial killer that haunted the streets of the East End of London in 1888, Jack the Ripper and his gruesome murders have gone down in history, perhaps because the killer still remains unnamed.
Will we ever find the real Ripper?
These are just three prominent figures from the Victorian era, and just a small insight into what made them famous. Do you have any that you’d like to add to the list?
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