A Media Monarchy? Queen Victoria and the radical press 1837-1901

Author(s): Plunkett, John

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Abstract Examines the new relationship between the monarchy & the press established with the ascension to the throne of GB's Queen Victoria. The beginning of her reign in 1837 coincided with the expansion of the popular weekly press & the appearance of illustrated news periodicals. Focus here is on two of the most influential radical newspapers -- the Northern Star & Reynold's Newspaper -- & their role in both shaping & challenging the "antiroyalist" attitudes & criticisms of the monarchy that characterized British society. The creation of Victoria as a media figure is described, & the often-contradictory nature of portrayals of her in the news is explored, demonstrating techniques used by the radical press that adulated her, on the one hand, & satirized royal pageantry, on the other. As the print media expanded throughout Victoria's reign, press coverage of the monarchy kept pace & was a significant factor in the creation of a "royal culture industry" in 19th-century GB. 2 Figures. K. Hyatt Stewart
Publication Title Media History
Publisher Taylor & Francis Group
Publication Date 04/2003
URIs http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1368880032000059953
Keywords Great Britain
Mass Media Effects
Mass Media Images
Nineteenth Century
Social Perception
Victorian Period
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