One of the books I often read was titled The Age of Progress. It chronicled the time of Queen Victoria, Otto Von Bismark, and Oscar Wilde up to the point of Victoria’s death and a little bit further on the eve of World War I. Enlgish historian Simon Schama’s documentary Victoria and Her Sisters ,obviously, reminds of the book, but it also brings in to focus on how English Society was affected by the industrial age – the fast paced development of science and technology – and the effects this had down the road on business, politics, the state of human living and the status of women in society.
The document works on story lines: First, the story of Victorian Society during the age of Victoria a general story we could be familiar with and Second, the sample of stories of different women during that time: Queen Victoria, Elizabeth Gaskell, Harriet Stuart Mill, Annie Besant, photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, Mary Seacole, and Doctor Elizabeth Garrett.
Somehow it seems fit that the story ended with the funeral march of Queen Victoria and where it was mentioned that among the mourners was one of widows of her viceroys of india; and years later Constance – the daughter of that particular widow – was in a prison, where with a broken piece of enamel she carved the letter V on her breast, V for the vote.
Victoria and Her Sisters
A History of Great Britain