Monday, January 14, 2013

Queen Victoria's Wedding: The Bibliography

Victoria + Albert
The Royal Collection, Windsor
Photo Source: PBS
compiled by Angela Magnotti Andrews

Queen Victoria's wedding to Prince Albert on February 10, 1840, marked an unprecedented event in history. There were no cameras, and as far as I can tell only one painter has captured the ceremony on canvas. Another painter captured Her Majesty's beautiful bridesmaids, and there are several portraits of Queen Victoria just prior to and just after her wedding that afford some detail of her jewelry and wedding gown.

With such a scant pictorial record, a historian like myself must rely on the written word. There are countless third- and fourth-hand accounts of the glorious day on the internet, and I credit many of them here in the bibliography, primarily because they led me to the fewer first- and second-hand accounts. 

It is these first person narratives which thrill me the most. Written by those who have had access to their private papers or those who knew people who attended the wedding, many of these books are filled with wonderful stories of events peripheral to the wedding. If you happen to write historical fiction or if you are an  aspiring historian, I encourage you to read some of these amazing books for yourself. They are truly delightful.

This bibliographic record is extensive and somewhat overwhelming when taken as a whole, but it is also a masterpiece of research in its own right. I scoured the internet, the library shelves, and my own personal collection to find the most accurate, most detailed accounts of that most glorious day in Her Majesty's life. The result is the series you have before you on this site, and I hope you have enjoyed it as thoroughly as I have enjoyed writing it.

I owe a debt of gratitude to each author listed in this post, as their attention to detail, their clear citation of sources, and their quest to capture the romance and energy of that day helped me deliver this series to you. Without further adieu, I give you my sources...

BIBLIOGRAPHY
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