Victorian era England & Life of Victorians

What was The Victorian era? When was Victorian era?

Victorian age is named after Victoria, who became a queen in 1837 at age of 18 and ruled for 68 years until her death in 1901. So, the period from 1837 to 1901 is called Victorian era.

Who was the longest serving monarch of Britain?

The current queen of United Kingdom, Elizabeth II, has the longest reign. She broke the record of Queen Victoria on 9 September 2015.

Victoria took over at a time where the citizens of England, called Victorians, really did dislike royalty for the way things were being handled. As well, there was simply very little respect for the throne as the relatively new way of doing things through a democratic system was still relatively fresh in thinking for the majority of the country.

Victorian era Waddesdon Manor Garden
Waddesdon Manor Garden from Victorian age

Victorian era Waddesdon Manor Garden

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Queen Victoria is often claimed to have been a very good monarch. As noted above, coming in as monarch at a time where there was little respect for the throne, she is credited with bringing some respect back to it. The people of England adored her for the majority of her reign.

How was the governance during Victorian times?

The Victorian Government featured one of the earliest constitutional monarchies of the world. While Queen Victoria was viewed to have a very respectful position, in reality, she had a limited amount of power in comparison to monarchs that were living two centuries before her era.

Instead of holding the responsibility of making day to day decisions for the entire country, she was often there simply to give advice to Parliament and the Prime Minister which was an elected official that now made the calls on the day to day tasks. The country was growing so rapidly that the number of jobs just could not justify it.

How was the Victorian society?

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The Victorian time period is known for its hierarchy based social order. Victorian society was a class based. You can see the various nobility titles in Britain. Therefore, the Victorian middle class not only would lose their jobs and have to find another, but they had to compete with immigrants for work.

This drove the prices down on the wages and most poor class families struggled to even put food on the table. The wedding day in Victorian times was considered to the most important day in the life of a Victorian girl.

The girls were from the very beginning had been taught to marry and to take of the family. The marriage of a girl was something very special for the mother, the soon to be bride and her family.

Check out what were the popular Victorian age last names and play with our Victorian name generator.

What is so special about Victorian costumes?

Victorian era girl's costume
Victorian era girl’s costume

During the Victorian era, women’s costumes underwent a major change. During the early Victorian era, the dressing style resembled the Georgian age clothing style. Victorian clothing style was linked to etiquette as well.

What are examples of The Victorian era architecture around the world?

When people hear the word Victorian, one thing that comes to their mind is the majestic Victorian architecture. However, it is in the reign of Queen Victoria that radical changes in architecture took place, each having their own distinct characteristics.

How were The Victorian ethics and morality?

Victorians were known for their morality and ethical conduct. Church had an influence on the society and daily lives of people.

Why Victorian era Literature and Art are famous?

Victorian literature is a matter of study in most courses in the English language even today. There were several popular authors who are relevant even today. Charles Dickens, Bronte sisters, George Eliot, Oscar Wilde, Thomas Hardy are well known because of their work and several films based on their books.

The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray

What were famous Victorian Inventions?

Several inventions during Victorian era changed the life of humanity forever. Whether it was in the field of medicine, engineering or transportation, these Victorian discoveries are worth looking at.

Inventions in the Victorian Era
Inventions in the Victorian Era

Check out information on the website using the search tool on the left. If you think some information can be added, feel free to contact us. You can also read more about other facts about Britain on Elizabethan EraTudor era, and Jacobean Era.

If you are planning to visit England to visit some of the wonderful museums which are home to many paintings described on Victorian era site, do refer London places to see.

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