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'Vile Victorians' gives the reader all the terrible truth about revolting events affecting everyone not so very long ago - from the vile Victorian queen herself, to some vicious Victorian villains....

Title : The Vile Victorians
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ISBN : 9780439944045
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 144 Pages
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The Vile Victorians Reviews

  • Alina Cătărău
    2019-03-19 19:37

    3.5Of all the Horrible Histories books I own, I was mostly excited to read Vile Victorians because some of my favourite writers belong to this period and because the 19th century is fascinating to me. With these ideas in mind and with child-like anticipation, I picked up Terry Deary’s book hoping to learn new and disgusting things that happened during Queen Victoria's reign. In the Introduction, Terry Deary writes that there are two kinds of histories: the horrible history and the glorious history. It really depends on the teacher if one chooses to relate the truth about that certain period or one is carried away by the great deeds of the remarkable people from the past. Also, the author warns the reader that this book is not suited for sensitive persons; therefore: "If you have a weak stomach then don’t read it or, if you have to read it, then read it with your eyes closed." (Loc. 27) Now, this is the funniest disclaimer I’ve ever read. However, I think that such a warning would have been necessary before the first chapter of Horrible Histories Gruesome Guide: London too because that book really grossed me out.The Vile Victorians' timeline stretches from Queen Victoria's coronation in 1837 to her death in 1902 and the author highlights the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of this historical era. In this book, you will read about: Queen Victoria, Victorian childhood and its hardships, Victorian schools, games, Victorian literature, aspects of Victorian life (towns, work and funerals), strange food, Victorian army, villains and so on.You can find the full review on:

  • Travelin
    2019-03-06 22:51

    What adults certainly miss is childhood credulity and curiosity. One without the other is like putting a bag on a plastic mind, although adults would seem to be in the credulity line.So...this book contains a few unbelievable "facts", which plausibly gain something by being controvertible. I have already found several contradictions to the idea that Queen Victoria killed her husband (although the fact that he had stomach trouble for years now sounds suspicious), but I will list a few of the more outrageous "facts", which I may or may not have confirmed by the time you've read this, in order to jog your senescence, if you have it.Unfortunately, as a child or adult, most readers are likely to be bored by 4 pages illustrating the typical day of a maid, etc. Not even sure how exciting the pages about Victorian school life would be for students who mostly still recognize same. For such a short book, for such a astonishingly rich literary era, the excerpts and "facts" seem mostly like desiccated lists and filler for a few Victorian poems and songs referred to as "vile".-- Education in UK only became free for every child in 1891.-- London's last great medieval fair ended in 1854 because "people enjoyed it too much."-- Second Baron Rothschild had zebra-drawn carriages, snakes wrapped around his bannisters, and 12 monkeys who attended dinner parties.-- Alfred Lord Tennyson's most popular poem was "In Memoriam"-- "The Great Unwashed" referred to the poor who didn't have enough water to both cook and wash.-- Victorian burials still featured a shroud?"In poverty hunger and dirtSewing at once with double threadA shroud as well as a shirt" ("The Song of the Shirt" by Thomas Hood)-- The Bucklands, father and son, would try any meal concocted of strange (animal) parts, including "The mummified heart of Louis XIV"-- Sir Francis Galton wrote a mildly insane travel guide where he recommended keeping your clothes dry in rain by taking them off and sitting on them.-- Contains an excellent, stanza-by-stanza explication of the facts behind the poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade"-- The Victorian literary monsters -- Dracula, Frankenstein, etc. -- matched the Jack the Rippers and violent times.-- The amazing story of "The Man They Couldn't Hang", whose hanging failed three times, until he was eventually reprieved and set free.-- Sir Robert Peel invented the police in London in 1829-- "It wasn't until 1856 that the rest of the country had paid policemen."-- Because of very high infant mortality, the average lifespan for men in Manchester, 1842, was 38 years old.-- The police had Queen Victoria drive in the same place there'd been an assassination attempt the previous day, so they could catch the assassin making a second attempt the next day.-- In 1820, in Scotland, a weaver named Wilson was sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered, but was hanged, then beheaded "for leading a march in protest against unemployment."-- Queen Victoria and her husband preferred portraits where the people didn't have their clothes on.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-03-04 19:28

    Loved the hilarious This Is Your Life section. On a serious note, one has to be grateful for Dickens et al highlighting the plight of common people because Vicky didn't do other than 'voice'.Deary has the micturation taken because of his flippant and irreverent tone, yet he does get the youngsters franchised, as witnessed first hand.

  • Laura
    2019-03-13 00:44

    From BBC Radio 4 Extra:4 Extra Debut. Terry Deary's gory and gruesome guide to vile Victorian life and death. Death, mainly. With songs and jokes. Stars Brian Bowles.

  • Loren Johnson
    2019-02-26 16:33

    Another terrific Horrible Histories read! Not quite as good as “Villainous Victorians” but pretty close! It is filled with fascinating facts and in true Horrible Histories fashion, provides an array of tidbits that I likely wouldn’t have read about in any other average textbook. It’s difficult to put these books down, they’re so witty and full of life. A lot is said about Queen Victoria herself in this one and about the army and such. There’s even a couple of interesting recipes I wouldn’t mind trying! Thoroughly enjoyable, recommended to every age!

  • Mishu Panoiu
    2019-02-25 22:35

    Wickedly funny, the book’s title is not an understatement of the stinky, death fascinated, unlikely to grow beyond the age of five Victorians. Quite some ideas they had, I couldn’t stop reading!

  • Bookbunny
    2019-03-12 23:41

    This is the book I enjoyed the book I enjoyed the most of all the horrible history books I have read. I learnt so many interesting facts about the Victorians just by reading this book. It may be quite gruesome, but I am sure you will enjoy it.

  • Lisa Bland
    2019-03-11 21:47

    I liked this book because it talks to you (as the reader). It is very clever in grabbing the attention of a child and encouraging them to learn in a way that is on their level of understanding. The book connects with the children by making funny jokes and comments at the same time as educating them on interesting facts. There is lots to learn about the Victorians and these books are really funny and easy to understand. They are straight to the point and the author words the information in a way which children will understand and enjoy reading.As well as the facts and stories within the book, the illustrations are funny and eye catching. All of the books from this range by the same author can be easily identified just from looking at the front cover and the title 'Horrible Histories'. This title will grab a childs' attention because children appear to be interested in gruesome stories and things they can compare their experiences with e.g. how victorian children lived. This book is educational in a discrete way which makes it appealing to children. I too found it interesting and informative without it being boring to read.Great book! Would definitely read the others...

  • Siobhan
    2019-02-23 16:47

    As a child history was one of my favourite school subjects thus making Horrible Histories the perfect books for me.Nowadays children have the television series yet I belong to the older group that had the books. Personally, I believe any child who has an interest in history should give these books a go. They’re truly gripping and so many topics are covered. Honestly, Horrible Histories are well worth a read.

  • Charlotte
    2019-03-09 17:33

    I'd give four stars because fun! History! But I doubt the veracity of these vile Victorians. So, three stars for getting kids to care about the boring past.

  • Dana
    2019-03-06 00:43

    Very good. Has lots of facts and is very interesting.

  • Cat
    2019-02-28 20:36

    Got this for Christmas and read it in one day. It's good, not great.

  • Moez Lamti
    2019-02-28 16:29

    It's one of many techniques Deary uses to advance the narration of events, but in Vile Victorians, telling fictive stories is remarkably well done. 'The Monster of the mine' is touching without being sentimental. There is horror and dreams and hard times, just as you would expect a Dickens novel to be. There is comedy elsewhere, as in the depiction of Queen Victoria's early royal predispositions or the hilarious military exploits of the Victorian army. This is real entertainment.

  • Karla Welch
    2019-03-07 19:39

    Synopsis: This book tells a lot of interesting facts you may not know about the Victorian era.Key Words: Non-fiction, history, Victorian, murderSchool Year Group: 4Review: Overall a good book, although not as good as I remember it being

  • Bronwyn
    2019-03-15 21:52

    Full review at you want a brief look about Victorian history and life in that era, but with all the gory bits left in, this is the book to read.

  • Marjolein
    2019-03-16 22:27

    READ IN ENGLISH Read all my reviews on Vile Victorians is part of the Horrible Histories series, which I's no surprise that I liked this book, as I'm a huge fan of the series, both the books and the sketch show by the BBC (which unfortunately stopped last year). In this part of the series you can learn everything you've always wanted to know (or not) about the Vile Victorians, and Vile they were. A warning at the start, it says: "This book is not suitable for adults"But I felt like YOLO and decided to read it anyway. :) No serious symptoms were found on me, but perhaps this is just because of my ever young spirit.What I especially likes in this book were small things like the time line, divided in the good (publication first Sherlock Holmes novel), the bad (sexism) and the ugly (cholera). What I really liked as well was that this book (seemingly more than the other ones I've read so far) focussed for quite some time on literature, poetry and theatre. Victorian literature is a part of English literature I'm not enough familiar with, as my English teacher couldn't stand Charles Dickens and decided to skip the whole period. See, you can learn a lot from this book (and it's not even extremely vile. But other things most certainly were...

  • Kathleen
    2019-02-28 21:24

    Okay let's talk about the Horrible Histories.You may be aware of them as a TV show, which I highly, highly recommend, but you may not be aware that they are also books! Which I also recommend!It's hard to talk about the Horrible Histories specifically. They're hysterical short nonfiction books consisting of maybe 120 pages tops? Aimed at children, they set out to tell you all about the really nasty side of history, which I am always down for. They're smart and funny with great illustrations, and I would never, ever have a problem recommending them to anyone, with two caveats.The first is that they can be a little inaccurate. I really do mean a little inaccurate; it's mostly erring on the side of "we don't know which is really true but this makes a better story," and occasionally "research marches on." The second is that the author, Terry Deary, is kind of an asshole, particularly on the subject of libraries. I won't repeat his comments here. Suffice to say he's kind of a jerk.But the books remain absolutely hysterical. A+ would read and love again.

  • Kimothy
    2019-03-15 22:34

    I have always had an interest in the English and Scottish monarchy, and with the Tudors, the Tudor court and their relations. I also have an interest in the Victorian monarchy, and in the Victorian era. This book was very good at explaining the good and bad parts of this era, and it helped me to understand how the Victorian years helped to shape England to what it is now.Usually, when reading a history book the text is too long and too informative for me to take in. But with these Horrible Histories books, the history is written in bite sized chunks, and with a humourful flair. They also make learning FUN. The illustrations and captions are also witty, funny and bare resemblance to the people they're based on.Despite the series being aimed at children/teens, I nevertheless found this book to be well written and enjoyable. I'll be looking out for others in the series.

  • Sara
    2019-03-11 18:42

    Per non fermarsi all'idea dell'epoca vittoriana come un mondo di pizzi, merletti e salottini da lettura. A me sarebbe venuto in mente anche il progresso, l'Exhibition, le nuove leggi di tutela sociale, ma dal momento che "storia orribile" deve essere, meglio concentrarsi sul grande marciume della working class, che con i suoi liquami versati nel Tamigi arrivava a corrodere anche i ricchi, parlamentari compresi. Ho apprezzato tantissimo gli estratti dai giornali e dai saggi dell'epoca, oltre ai passaggi di poesie e i riassunti dei romanzi in voga. Tutto estremamente tetro, di una miseria quasi impensabile. Le vignette però sono delle piccole perle di umorismo grafico - Martin Brown ha davvero la mano giusta - e i commenti di Deary fanno comunque sorridere, di qualsiasi cosa si stia parlando. Vale sicuramente la pena leggerlo.

  • Redfox5
    2019-03-04 00:50

    Thought this was better put together than the Tudor one. But maybe thats becuase we only had one Queen during that time. Found this really interesting. I've just finished reading Frankenstien which the book points out, was written in Victorian times. All I have to say about that is, the Victorians were far more exciting than the books they wrote. I guess not alot sank in thought as I did rubbish on the Quiz(love these little quizzes in the back of the books). Got 4/7 in Howzat Victoria, Got the Manchester Misery question right :), 2/6 on Umms and Errs and 5/11 on Quick Questions. Go me! Saving for Adelaide.

  • Kirsten Simkiss
    2019-03-17 23:32

    I'd either give this one 3.5 or 4 stars out of the 5.I liked this one a bit more than the Horrible Geography book I recently read. It definitely had trivia in it that I didn't know and it made fun of the era without being nearly as demeaning toward dead individuals. It definitely didn't gloss over how awful the time period was. Vile Victorians indeed! Nothing's worse than reading a book about how great things were in a time period and pretending there's nothing wrong in the world during that time.I'm not a big fan of history, but this was fun to read. It really was.

  • Andrew
    2019-03-20 22:51

    Written by a Makem?!...o deary me! Who's got down-trodden & world-weary D(r)eary forebears in the keel and hull of his family ship?! They don't makem like they used to, eh Terry?! Sunderland's lights are fading a Victorian a the fog & rain...with only stale bread & tallow-candle dripping to go with your sugarless tea...& 3 goals down at Newcas'le?!...& the bairns crying for a tot of laudunum to kill the hunger??!! Those Victorians were all vile,eh?!

  • Teresa
    2019-02-25 16:53

    I liked reading this book but on the other hand I didn't because some parts were really disgusting. This book talks about the Victorians in the olden days especially Queen Victoria and her nasty thigs that she did to others.I don't think that it is a good idea to let younger children read it because it can get violent. I rate it 5 out of 5 because it has really interesting facts and I enjoyed reading it at night.

  • Gemma Innes
    2019-03-09 19:28

    Found some old horrible histories books in the bottom of the box I asked my parents to bring down to my flat in the summer time. I remember why I loved these as a kid. Though the fact may not get you many points in your history exam, you can show your teacher you know something about the era. The books are quirky and fun. Although I'm thinking at 20 I'm a bit too old for them now, I'll probably keep hold of them for my youngest sisters, when they start reading on their own.

  • Laura Simpson
    2019-03-13 20:45

    3.5 stars. A great beginners guide to the Victorians with great illustrations accompanying. Really informative but also entertaining. After studying Victorian fictions last year at university this was a lovely reminder of the period. I really enjoy leaning about the Victorians. These books are perfect for children

  • Will
    2019-03-14 16:48

    We are told that Sir Francis Galton recommended gunpowder in soapy water as an excellent tonic. But my grandfather warned never to put dynamite grease on your oatmeal... it ruins the taste. And the author belabors the Charge of the Light Brigade. But he does not even mention that Tennyson also wrote "The Charge of the Heavy Brigade at Balaclava". Now that is a VILE omission.

  • Parul
    2019-03-16 22:26

    I have had the Horrible Histories series for ages and have never thought about reading them, however I thought it would be worth it considering I'm doing the Victorians in English. It was actually really helpful and filled in the gaps in terms of context. I think I have to look over poems such as 'Song Of The Shirt' and 'In Memoriam' and get some quotes. It was really quite an enjoyable read!

  • AlenGarou
    2019-03-17 20:50

    Comprato a Londra durante la visita alla Torre di Londra, con lo scopo di migliorare il mio terribile inglese. Lo ammetto, me lo aspettavo più divertente, anche se alla fine amo quest'era nonostante tutte le sue... vili atrocità?

  • Catherine Woodman
    2019-03-15 16:44

    Horrible Histories is a series of illustrated books published in the UK by Scholastic. They are designed to get children interested in history by concentrating on the trivial, unusual, gory, or unpleasant. They are exceptionally well loved by my history loving children

  • Matthew
    2019-03-10 00:44

    An infamous book series about the gory bits in history, Terry Deary's Horrible Histories series is a great way to get kids interested in history. This Victorians-based book in the series is just as vile as the title suggests. And what horrible histories it contains.