It was Queen Victoria who lent her name to the Victorian age, which officially began in 1837 when Victoria ascended the throne of England. Her father was the fourth son of George III, but died before she was a year old. She ascended the throne when her uncle, George IV, died without heirs. She was only eighteen at the time, but Queen Victoria ruled for over sixty-three years, the longest reign in British history.

For purposes of genre fiction, the Victorian age is often considered an extension of the Regency period; thus one might say it loosely encompasses the years after 1830, all the way to 1901. The Victorian era was a time marked by great achievement and invention, marvelous prosperity and abject poverty; a time governed by strict social rules, manners and propriety.

Some other wonderful writers who set their stories in the Victorian period are:

Happy reading, Samantha James

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