- We like to highlight important historical dates in Boomerang school planners and this week, we’re focusing on the Victorians.
- Queen Victoria was born almost 200 years ago today, back in 1819.
- As Queen of England for over 60 years, we thought we’d commemorate Victoria’s reign by bringing together a few facts about the Victorians that you may not know.
So here goes…
1) Queen Victoria gave us the white wedding dress
Although not the first to wear white on her wedding day, Queen Victoria was certainly the most influential.
With such a widely publicised wedding, her white lace dress was copied by brides across the country and thus she is often accredited with popularising this style.
2) Victorians wore black because of pollution
Victorian fashion had many influences but one contributing factor to the wearing of black clothing was the heavy pollution.
Ever-present smog would often stain clothes and wearing black became an effective way of masking the discolouring.
3) They gave us creepy literature
From The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, to Dracula, the Victorian era produced beautifully chilling tales, often with a Gothic influence, that still impact the horror genre to this day:
The Raven – Edgar Allan Poe
Dracula – Bram Stoker
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
4) Freak shows were common
A highly controversial but popular aspect of Victorian society, ‘freak shows’ featured ‘attractions’ such as deformed people and animals, uncommonly large or small performers and anything else deemed a ‘freak of nature’.
5) Female hysteria was an actual medical diagnosis
Once a common medical diagnosis reserved solely for women, ‘hysteria’ was seen as a ‘disease of the womb’. Woman considered to have it, displayed symptoms such as insomnia, loss of appetite and even a ‘tendency to cause trouble’.
So what do you think of our facts? Do you have any others to add to our list?
Tweet us @BoomEdLtd to let us know! 🙂
The Boomerang Team.