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Not for the general reader
on 27 November 2013
No, it is not a must-read!
If you have a serious interest in Victorian history, it's certainly worth a go. But some of it is very heavy going indeed. Good chapters are those on the general condition of England and on Prince Albert, and his Memorial. And at last I understand the repeal of the Corn Laws. But 800 pages, in which the troubles of the mid-Victorian divines proliferate in one's brain, is a heavy price to pay for these informative gobbets.
I felt there was a fine concise chronological survey of 1830-1885 struggling to get out of this obese volume where every time I thought we were getting closer to 1880, I found myself suddenly flung back to 1850!
Thank Goodness I got it from the library, whither it returns.