The people of the Victorian era had a very specific fear: poison murder.
Writer and classic book-lister extraordinaire Joshua Glenn is at it again. Now that he's catalogued Radium Age science fiction, he's starting to work on a definitive list of the greatest adventure stories of the 19th century. Victoriana lovers, dive in!
Carousels rides were all the rage in the Victorian era, for adults even more than children. On Sundays, when most workers had the day off, the often beautifully-designed animals of the carousel would be draped with young ladies showing a bit of ankle to their dates. But now most of this history is forgotten.
In 18th and 19th century England, the ballad — sung in the street, in pleasure gardens, in taverns, or in private house parties — functioned as pure entertainment for the masses. But it was also a vehicle for news and for an expression of popular sentiment. Widespread discontent, whether with new technologies or…