The Victorians Odd Obsession With Death

The Victorian Era lasted from 1837 – 1901. It was known as the Second English Renaissance and the Beginning of Modern Times, but it is perhaps most famous for its bizarre preoccupation with death. As an example, Victoria, the reigning queen of that era, mourned the loss of her husband, Prince Albert, for forty years. She dressed in mourning attire for the rest of her life. The Queen even had her servants lay out her dead husband’s clothes and set up his shaving gear every day. This set the tone of the cultural importance of death. However, the people of the 19th century were truly obsessed with death because it was a dangerous time to be alive for all manner of reasons. The average home was a death trap! A person was lucky if they even made it out of childhood alive!

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