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  • Hardcover
  • 669 pages
  • Shooting Victoria
  • Paul Thomas Murphy
  • English
  • 12 October 2016
  • 9781605983547

10 thoughts on “Shooting Victoria

  1. Alex Sarll Alex Sarll says:

    One of those all too common history books which would have been much better at about a third of the length There is though something fascinating in the sheer hopelessness of all eight attempts on Victoria's person Perhaps that's why to the best of my awareness and if I'm wrong do tell me about them nobody ever seems to have got any work of substance out of one fascinating counterfactual possibility they suggest what if the very first attempt by Edward Oxford had succeeded? Victoria was pregnant with her first child Albert not yet accepted by Britain her vile reactionary uncle Cumberland would have been next in line And the year of revolutions 1848 was just around the corner Britain's nineteenth century and hence its twentieth would have been very different


  2. Ron Ron says:

    “It is worth being shot at to see how much one is loved” ueen VictoriaAn exhaustive history of the many men who shoot at ueen Victoria While they varied in background their motives were surprisingly and sadly similar and usually had nothing to do with injuring the ueen Paradoxically Victoria was only injured once and the incident wouldn’t be in the book had Murphy stuck rigorously to his title“Oxford was pleased to find himself an object of so much interest”No bit of related trivia is too small or unrelated for inclusion Therefore the reader is subjected to the history of all the other monarchs shot at the life history of the police prime ministers cell mates the Great Exhibition of 1851 with a cameo by P T Barnum It’s that kind of book“Before the ueen’s popularity stemmed from her doing; now it stemmed from her simply being”Runs counter to several popular images Victoria for example is usually seen as a shy reclusive lady Murphy explains when that image if and when it didn’t and why England’s modern image is of an almost gun free nation That certainly wasn’t true in the nineteenth century when even paupers could purchase pistol most anywhere “Victoria’s personal courage and her unerring sense of her relationship with her people were responsible for it all” It being “universal and spontaneous outpouring of loyalty and affection”The late nineteenth century seems to have been open season on royalty Murphy relates several parallel shoots taken at other monarchs By 1918 all the monarchies of central Europe were no “Trust in her subjects was instinct to Victoria”


  3. Sheila Sheila says:

    Author Paul Thomas Murphy reveals details of ueen Victoria's seven assailants in greater detail than would be expected by the book's title and subtitle Shooting Victoria Madness Mayhem and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy examines the political landscape family and background of each attacker and the assailant's motivations After describing each incident in detail author Murphy goes on to cover the pyschological evaluations and interviews of each of the men with particular attention to their trials and the effect on British law with an emphasis on insanity pleas The book begins in May of 1840 with an introduction to ueen Victoria's first assailant who shot at her while she was pregnant with her first child The reader is then brought up to date on ueen Victoria's life to that time and proceeds with the first incident in detail It continues on with the assailant's interviews examinations trial and the result as well as the effect on Victoria and her family Murphy proceeds through all seven assaults in this fashion with an emphasis on the trials of each and what happened to each man There were seven men who assaulted Victoria Oxford Francis Bean Hamilton Pate O'Connor and Maclean All except Pate used a handgun to shoot at her; all of those used a flintlock with the exception of Maclean who used a cheaply made Belgian pistol that had a pin firing mechanism all of the guns seemed to be either old or in poor condition Pate actually struck Her Majesty in the forehead with the metal ferrule the silver top of his walking stick drawing blood and causing a lump which lasted as a scar for many years In between assailants three and four was Daniel McNaughtan who shot and killed Edward Drummond secretary to Prime Minister Robert Peel McNaughtan had seen Drummond riding in Peel's carriage in Victoria's entourage and thinking he was Peel stalked and murdered him by shooting him in the back Maclean was the last assailan but there was an additional plot to bomb the ueen's Golden Jubilee in 1887 which was thwarted by London's Metropolitan Police That bombing plot involved five Irish Americans members of the American society Clan na Gael who intended to cause terror during the celebration In explaining the contemporaneous political and legal landscape during these assasination attempts Murphy details other assasinations and attempts He gives the reader the background and incident of Charles Guiteau fatally shooting President James Garfield on July 2 1881 and how that influenced the yet to come trial of Roderick Maclean He also discusses the political upheavals of the time especially the 1880's forward with the assasination of Tsar Alexander II Empress Elisabeth of Austria and President William McKinley This is a vast job to tie all of these things together but Murphy manages to do it There are a number of things that I learned for this book; the most obvious was that there were seven men who actually tried to kill ueen Victoria in addition to the Golden Jubilee bomb plot Victoria's son Prince Alfred while serving in the Royal Navy in 1868 was shot in the back while helping to raise funds at the Sailor's Home in Sydney Australia the bullet missed his spine by inches and he recovered An assassination attempt was made against Victoria's oldest son Bertie Prince of Wales later to become King Edward VII Victoria had a chainmail lined parasol in the 1840s which is now deep in the vaults of a London museum and probably wasn't used very much at 3 14lbs I knew that Typhoid Fever killed Prince Albert but I didn't know that their son Bertie nearly died from it as well from dirty drinking water it is the bacterium Salmonella typhi And that prisoners convicted of serious felonies wound up being transported to Van Dieman's Land now known as Tasmania Perhaps the most notable revelation of the book was that the Victorian era in England ushered in the era of modern day terrorism The Clerkenwell bombing of 1867 was intended to blow a hole in a prison wall so that one inmate could escape; the amount of dynamite was seriously miscalculated and 6 died immediately 6 died of their injuries and the fronts of housing facing the prison were demolished Unintentional terror was spread throughout Great Britain Later in January of 1881 came the real beginning of modern terrorism the army barracks at Salford were bombed with the intention of spreading terror and commemorating th Manchester Martyrs That bomb also demolished a butcher's shop injuring three adults and killing a seven year old boy This was an interesting book that did ramble somewhat However I think that it was the author's attempt to give the reader a true overview of world events in Britain Europe and the US that caused it to shift focus from time to time Overall I found it to be a very interesting explanation of how and why things happened in Victorian England I would not have wanted to undertake the task of tying together the events in all of these places to explain why the assailants may have been motivated to try to kill Victoria; of course this motivation is in addition to the serious mental illness that most of them clearly had I have to say I was glad for my courtroom experience as a litigator which made reading the trial sections easier and faster; otherwise the book might have bogged down during those passages But I don't think the author could've achieved his goal without them A very thorough work


  4. Ben Ben says:

    I found this a surprisingly intriguing book that genuinely challenged a lot of what I thought I knew about late 19th Century Britain which don't get me wrong was a lot But I didn't know that so many attempts most of them fairly pathetic in fairness had been made on Her Maj's life and I didn't know how the reaction to these had unfolded By selecting these incidents the author affords himself a uniue perspective on the Victorian especially the post Albert period and I was fascinated to see how this focus blended with the parts of the history that were familiar to me Shooting Victoria led me to read A Magnificent Obsession Victoria Albert and the Death That Changed the British Monarchy Spoiler Alert Albert's which was also well worth it


  5. Brad Hodges Brad Hodges says:

    Here's a fun fact many Americans probably don't know ueen Victoria was the victim of eight assassination attempts by seven different men one of them tried twice Paul Thomas Murphy in his book Shooting Victoria Madness Mayhem and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy chronicles those attempts as well as giving an overview of Victoria's reign and most especially the development of the laws surrounding the attemptsVictoria of course is one of the most impactful monarchs of the last few hundred years essentially the grandmother of Europe She ruled for 64 years But it's interesting to note that early in her reign she was something of a controversial figure and not universally loved as she was in her later years when she was an icon The first attempt to kill her came in 1840 at the hands of Edward Oxford a disturbed young man who fired a pistol in her general direction as she rode in a carriage with her husband Prince AlbertOxford's gun may or may not have been loaded which was a contention at his trial He was clearly by our standards insane and a convoluted verdict led to him being imprisoned at Bethlem the insane asylum that stood for nearly a millennium and gave us the word bedlamIt can be said that all seven of Victoria's assailants had some degree of insanity A spate of the them followed Oxford's attempt as the men thought that by making an attempt they would get a lifetime of care by the state Those who attempted were John Francis he would try twice as he escaped the first time and Victoria was used as bait to catch him after a second try John Bean a disfigured dwarf and William Hamilton may have taken a shot at her in 1849 all with this in mind She was now certain that the law as it stood would only encourage attacks Any desperate and overambitious boy in the kingdom might now attain with a cheap pistol an instant worldwide notoriety granted by the elevated charge of High TreasonWhat developed over these attempts were changes in the law and how insanity was judged To be found not guilty by virtue of insanity was a Catch 22 one could be incarcerated at the ueen's pleasure which meant forever To be found guilty of annoying the ueen that is firing a gun at her with no bullets could mean a seven year term of hard labor and a flogging Later attempts included Robert Pate's the only man who actually harmed the ueen as he struck her on the head with his cane Of the many attacks upon her the ueen until the end of her life considered this one the meanest and most ignoble 'far worse' she wrote 'than an attempt to shoot which wicked as it is is at least comprehensible and courageous' Unlike her previous assailants Pate had succeeded in breaking through the invisible barrier between ueen and subject and in actually hurting her He shook her until now unshakeable trust in the publicAfter Albert's death in 1861 Victoria didn't go out in public as much so it was several years before the next attempt by Arthur O'Connor who though insane was the only one who had a somewhat political motive he did it for Ireland He managed to get inside the gates of the palace and perhaps came the closest of actually killing her Her manservant John Brown tackled him Of all of the attempts upon her O'Connor's violating the security of her home as well as her personal space was the one that frightened her the most Her worst fears about Fenians the Irish and the growing dangers that lurked in the metropolis were all confirmed in the puny boyThe last attempt came in 1882 by Roderick Maclean who fancied himself a poet He claimed he was not trying to hurt the ueen but it was found that his gun was loaded and had a trajectory that could have hit herNone of the seven assailants were executed Some lived the rest of their lives in confinement while a few others were exiled to Australia where they married and led somewhat productive lives Murphy does add a postscript about an attempt that was foiled when some Irish revolutionaries contemplated blowing up Westminster Abbey during Victoria's golden jubilee which could have taken out the entire royal familyMurphy's book is enlightening but often strays as he gets into detail about other sensational crimes of the period and other successful assassinations such as of James Garfield in the US Also and by no fault of his own the book has a kind of repetition to it as each attempt is followed by the trial and all the assailants kind of blend into one His descriptions of Victoria's relationships with her prime ministers those she liked such as Robert Peel and Benjamin Disraeli and those she didn't like Lord Palmerston and William Gladstone are ably etchedThough Victoria's attackers were all somewhat insane the violence of them prefigured the modern age when shortly after her death an assassination would launch the world into war and to the state we're in now when all world leaders must have vigilant and air tight security Of course she would endure dying in 1901 at 82 the longest serving monarch in British history


  6. Kristen Kristen says:

    I am relieved and slightly let down as I finally finish this book and honestly have no idea how I'm going to rate it as I start writing my review When I started reading it this book was my jam I find reading about assassinations and assassination attempts really interesting and highly recommend Sarah Vowell's Assassination Vacation to anyone else who feels the same way love all things British and am drawn to the Victorian era although I don't know a ton about it Case in point before reading this book I had no idea that there had been one attempt on ueen Victoria's life let alone 8 Also the author's style using one story to branch out in related sometimes very loosely tangents is one that drives many people insane but that I personally love As this review from The New York Times states 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 So the book started out really really strong for meUnfortunately the book started to drag about halfway through There really are no political motivations here ueen Victoria did not inspire anti monarch sentiments indeed the legacy she created is probably what saved the British monarchy in a time when European governments were starting to dismantle theirs Instead her would be assassins were a sad pathetic bunch who were mostly motivated by wanting notoriety or just to be taken out of the crushing poverty they lived in to a state run asylum or jail All of their stories were sad but their motivations didn't do much to illuminate the Victorian era besides show the lack of mental health care access available to the society as a whole which is sadly still an issue today And because all of their motivations were so similar their stories started to sound too same y and I lost interest It does start to pick up again towards the end so I felt it ended on a high noteHowever the motivations of the would be assassins isn't the author's fault and he still manages to inject a lot of interesting facts into this book I learned a lot about the politics of the Victorian era It's astonishing how many major events happened during her reign assassination of Garfield Irish potato famine and resulting problems between Ireland and England Charles Dickens' writings and what seems like an unprecedented interest in the plight of the poor and much all of which is gone into in this book All in all while it wasn't as amazing as I thought it would be in the beginning I am glad I read this book However I'm not sure who I would recommend it to You'd have to have a lot of patience and a lot of interest in the subject to make it through


  7. Emma Emma says:

    It was a very interesting read as it explored Victoria and her assailants in depth however some parts felt irrelevant and could be a bit confusing at times


  8. Kerry Kerry says:

    The problem with this book was not its length which would have been a pleasure had it been well focused Murphy's clear passion for research and writing skills are a joy Unfortunately it was unclear what the book was about crime mental illness ueen Victoria's reactions to her assassination attempts justice in Victorian England? Murphy had to follow every tangent to its very end; the book was structured like a tree with limbs and branches Not all blame falls on the writer though I found myself asking where the editor was whenever I noticed that I was being led down another path that may or may not intersect with a familiar one This book could have been one of those that are painlessly educational because the writing is effortless seeming and entertaining But it was bogged down by lack of focus and the inclusion of too much irrelevant information That said I enjoyed what I read and may return to it at a later time


  9. Rebecca Huston Rebecca Huston says:

    A very good collective biography that goes a step farther The story deals with the people who tried to assassinate ueen Victoria along with their stories associated events and how the British monarchy switched from the dislikable excessive Hanoverans to what we know today Very well written excellent notes and sources and two inserts of photographs For anyone interested in British monarchy this is a must read Five stars overallFor the longer review please go here


  10. Colleen Colleen says:

    Fascinating entirely enthralling readable book despite its size I know sometimes historian asides and digressions can veer into padding or authorial conceit or just accidentally off topic in their enthusiasm for the subject and while this book could so easily have gone off the rails I was impressed on just how comprehensive this really is If you read no other book perhaps on Victoria or her reign I'd advise this one The assassination attempts against her luckily coincided with some of the lowest part of her rule restoring her popularity from ebbs the Bedchamber Incident marriage to a foreign prince Chartist upheavals discontent over her long seclusion Irish troubles and with the attacks and her escapes from death grew in time the people grew ever protective of her in part because she always heralded her trust in her people after these by parading about them intentionally leaving herself open Nor is this really old news since the McNaughtan Rules came out of all this and set the standard for insanity defenses in court trials I am sure Secret Service agents or bodyguards would wince on every page on just how poorly she was guarded and over the decades with lunatics or attention seekers or suicide by regicide folks only failing because their own ineptness and not because of any protection of hers This book opened up several completely plausible explanations for the much hyped events of her life Her reluctance for crowds later in life and dislike for London Even with how badly her attackers failed the violence grew in intensity I noticed one man attacking her with a cane leaving a scar for 10 years bloodying her forehead did the scar just fade or did she do something about it? She showed up at the opera that night bandaged but resolute to full cheers but this was the first to actually attack her with a weapon other than a gun The next one the bullet passed between her carriage In the courtyard of her own home She did have the nerve to go out and bathe in the love of her relieved subjects but this had to make a person paranoid And the author points out her wish to leave for remoter parts outside of her formerly beloved London to her retreat on Isle of Wight or up in Scotland couldn't this also easily explain her sueamishness besides all the other factors? Especially when the whole playing chicken with assassins somewhat depended upon her being unguarded And her recoiling from the traditional punishment drawn and uartered and the obvious craziness and youth of the first person had her and Albert push for a lifetime committal to a mental hospital which was an appropriate and obvious punishment From that mercy though by the end she wanted floggings and you can see why she was so upset And at the end the punishments handed out were ludicrously light a few months in jail? with wine stewards and French lessons? Hearing how lightly some got off with the splashy trials and newspaper headlines did inspire some of the attempts or help plant that seed Especially now You'd get time for shoplifting now than what the cast of characters mostly got It explains why Victoria disliked Gladstone and some of the prime ministers she so famously clashed with People always have a hard time pinning down her politics because they varied so much sometimes from person to person She did become of an arch reactionary at the end but how Gladstone handled the ones under his administration condescending notes inaction and trying to uietly get the accused off you wanted to throttle him for her It also helps explain how firm her rule was in comparison with others with the attempts coming like clockwork causing Elizabeth Barrett Browning to despair and writer from Punch to sayWith the mark of that ruffian's violence plainly visible on her forehead I never heard such shouting It was a deafening tumult of love in which a thousand voices were trying to outvie one another in giving the loudest expression of their sympathy Then came God Save the ueen and soothed the angry waters into something like a calm regularity of flow until the surging voices rose musically together and formed one loud swelling wave of devotion and enthusiasmThe number of her family members there to witness it first attempt she was pregnant with Vicky; other times Albert and the one where only Albert and like one stuttering kid witnessed the shot was a nice comic situation but all her children were there for some of them Arthur tackling a guy Bertie getting red in the face the younger ones crying Makes you wonder if all of them being there for some crazy guy trying to kill their mother could also explain the intense relationship they all had with her And since the attempts span her entire reign starting with old fashioned flintlocks ending with dynamite you get a different angle to the politics and turmoil of the late 19th century Will have to read of this author's books


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Shooting Victoria❰Ebook❯ ➩ Shooting Victoria Author Paul Thomas Murphy – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk During ueen Victoria’s 64 year reign no fewer than eight attempts were made on her life Murphy follows each would be assassin and the repercussions of their actions illuminating daily life in Victor During ueen Victoria’s year reign no fewer than eight attempts were made on her life Murphy follows each would be assassin and the repercussions of their actions illuminating daily life in Victorian England the development of the monarchy under ueen Victoria and the evolution of the attacks in light of evolving social issues and technologyThere was Edward Oxford a bartender who dreamed of becoming an admiral who was simply shocked when his attempt to shoot the pregnant ueen and Prince consort made him a madman in the world’s eyes There was hunchbacked John Bean who dreamed of historical notoriety in a publicized treason trial and William Hamilton forever scarred by the ravages of the Irish Potato Famine Roderick MacLean enabled Victoria to successfully strike insanity pleas from Britain’s legal process Most threatening of all were the “dynamitards” who targeted her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee—who signaled the advent of modern terrorism with their publicly focused attackFrom these cloak and dagger plots to Victoria’s brilliant wit and steadfast courage Shooting Victoria is historical narrative at its most thrilling complete with astute insight into how these attacks actually revitalized the British crown at a time when monarchy was uickly becoming unpopular abroad While thrones across Europe toppled the ueen’s would be assassins contributed greatly to the preservation of the monarchy and to the stability that it enjoys today After all as Victoria herself noted “It is worth being shot at—to see how much one is loved”.


About the Author: Paul Thomas Murphy

Paul Thomas Murphy earned his BA from Boston College his MA from McGill University and his PhD from the University of Colorado He teaches interdisciplinary writing on Victorian topics at the University of Colorado and sits on the board of the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States He currently resides in Boulder Colorado.