There still were food tasters.
And the marvel was that, amid palace intrigue, she even made it to adulthood. The possibility that she would sit on the throne preoccupied the hearts of the ambitious who had other ideas.
The political climate which seems so ugly in 2017 was actually tame, compared to Victorian times.
And the gap between the 1% of that era and Everyman, Everywoman, and EveryChild was almost unimaginable.
Millions actually were starving to death.
It was not unusual for women to die in childbirth.
The infant and toddler mortality rate was high.
Raw human waste floated in the waterways.
Reformers strived to enact a 12-hour a day limit on children's working in those factories Charles Dickens wrote about. But even when that happened, it was ignored. The parents were glad the offspring had jobs.
And after Victoria died, just as will happen to the Trump presidency, forces kept trying to create a fake history of who she was as a person, wife/mother, and leader.
For example, her daughter Beatrice was entrusted to prepare the Queen's diaries for publication. The editing job was one of the most blatant kinds of censorship occurring in civilization. Fortunately, a version of the "leaker" of that time preserved the original content.
No, politics in 2017 isn't uniquely horrific. Assuming that indicates that too many have little knowledge of history. Unfortunately, that field of study is not highly marketable, at least compared to STEM ones. So, why bother.
Those who do crave perspective of 2017 (and can gain hope better times are ahead) will find it useful to read "Victoria The Queen" by Julia Baird. Here it can ordered from Amazon.
The takeaway from that reading experience is that there are human beings who do manage to keep their dark side controlled. And there are those. That's just the way it is. So, yes, Everyman, Everywoman, Everychild must watch his or her back.
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