Real Men Read – Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy

Thursday, September 27, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A history of Victorian England as seen through the eight assassination attempts on the queen’s life, ranging from attacks by lone madmen to one of the first modern terrorist plots.

New York Times Notable Book of 2012

Shooting Victoria is historical narrative at its most thrilling, from the cloak and dagger nature of several of the assassination attempts, to Victoria’s brilliant responses to the attacks, alongside astute analysis of how these events actually revitalized the British monarchy at a time when monarchy was quickly becoming unpopular abroad. While thrones across Europe toppled, the Queen’s would-be assassins contributed greatly to the preservation of the crown and to the stability that it enjoys today.  After all, according to Victoria herself, “It is worth being shot at―to see how much one is loved.”

Real Men Read is an open forum book discussion covering nonfiction books and fiction books that appeal to men…and even some women.  Our tradition in Real Men Read is to stick with books that have a colon in the title, even if it’s fiction. All are invited! Discussions are generally on the fourth Thursday of each month unless otherwise noted. To have a book set aside for you, contact Dave Anderson at 859-781-6166.


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