Victoria and Edward VII: The British Monarchy, 1837–1910

Saturday, September 20, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, September 20 – November 22

10 am - Noon

Led by Frank Biletz

The Victorian and Edwardian periods encompassed enormous social, political, and cultural changes. In this exploration of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and her pleasure-loving son, we will discuss the Victorian ideals of domesticity, Prince Albert and the Great Exhibition of 1851, political reforms during the era of Disraeli and Gladstone, challenges to the dominance of the British Empire, and the fading twilight of Europe’s old aristocratic order. Participants should read chapters 1 and 2 of Arnstein’s Queen Victoria prior to the first class meeting.

Frank Biletz holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, with a primary specialization in modern British and Irish history. He is currently Lecturer in History at Loyola University Chicago.

Materials List

Required Text(s):

  • Walter L. Arnstein, Queen Victoria. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. ISBN# 9780333638071. Note: The Newberry Bookstore has a limited stock of this text. Please remember to call (312) 255-3520 in advance to check current availability.
  • Christopher Hibbert, Edward VII: The Last Victorian King. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2nd edition, 2007). ISBN# 978-1403983770. The previous edition of this book, titled Edward VII: A Portrait (Penguin Books, 1976), may also be used.

Readings for the First Session:

  • Participants should read chapters 1 and 2 of the Arnstein book prior to the first class meeting.

CPDU credit for this course is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification. For more information see the Registration Information page.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Ten sessions, $253.
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