Victorian Age


The Victorian Age is mostly known by Queen Victoria's remarkable 64 year reign from 1837 until her death in 1901. She took the throne when she was only 18 years of age. The Victorian Age was marked by prosperity for British citizens, an educated middle class that was able to develop as a result of industrialization, and the railway- one of the symbols of Victorian progress. Victorian's reign is still, to this day, the longest in British history. Her reign will only be surpassed if Queen Elizabeth remains on the throne until the year 2017.

Pre-Victorian Britain: British Regency
The Regency was marked by the ruler's search to extend their interests and excessive turmoil. The Upper class prospered and many citizens were unhappy with the monarchy. The Regency led to the Victorian Age after King George IV's death and the brief rule of William IV. The Victorian Era was a cultural success as the middle and lower classes were more content than before.
Post-Victorian Britain: 20th Century
After the Victorian Era, Edward VII was anxious to take the throne. He used his multilingual background to his peacemaking advantage while the balance of power shifted to Germany and the United States. Victoria's shunning of society allowed for Edward to become the fashionable leader of art and the elite of all of Europe. The era was marked with political and societal change and growth, something that was missing during Victoria's Reign.

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