Query: Victorian reading

Crone, Rosalind (2015). Query: Victorian reading. In: Bradley, Matthew and John, Juliet eds. Reading and the Victorians. Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 111–126.

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Given the title and scope of this book, it is irresistible to open this chapter with an account of a reading experience of that most famous Victorian, the Queen herself. During a wet afternoon at Drummond Castle in Perthshire, Scotland, on 11 September 1842, Queen Victoria "read to Albert the first three cantos of The Lay of the Last Minstrel, which delighted us both." Victoria and Albert finished reading Sir Walter Scott's poem just a few days later on the evening of 16 September on board a steamer returning to England. Moreover, during that trip to Scotland, Victoria read at least two more of Scott's historical poems: Marmion, on 15 September, while passing St Abb's Head on the seamer and viewing the ruins of the convent; and Lady of the Lake on 10 September.

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