Monthly Archives: February 2010

Queen Victoria’s Black Sheep: Prince Eddy and the Ripper Rumours, Part 1

Jack the Ripper occupies a curious place in the popular consciousness – one that seems utterly divorced from the string of vicious murders (at least 5) he is thought to have committed. Perhaps we’ve grown too used to the idea of serial killers now, too exposed to the archetype of an unhinged misogynist, banishing their […]

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How do you solve a problem like Victoria: was Queen Victoria illegitimate?

Of the 41 monarchs of England since the arrival of William the Conqueror, only 7 have been women. But stop and think of the 41 figures on that list: how many do you feel any real connection with, how many produce an emotional response when you picture them? And, crucially, how many do you have […]

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