Lucy journeys into the Victorian way of love in part two of her series on the changing face of British romance. She discovers how medieval chivalry shaped Victorian courtship.
Lucy Worsley journeys into the Victorian way of love in the second part of her series on the changing face of British romance. She discovers how medieval chivalry shaped Victorian courtship, and explores the influence of valentine's cards and flowers on romantic lives.
Lucy uncovers the way that literary passions - in novels by writers such as Charlotte Bronte, Mrs Henry Wood and HG Wells - translated into real-life desires, changing the way the British felt. This is a new view of the Victorians in love, which takes us from romance on the factory floor to the curious erotic possibilities of the seance.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Lucy on Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre"
In Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte set out to prove to her sisters that she could write a romance with a heroine who was small, unimpressive and plain.
Jane, and the hero Mr Rochester, were perhaps the oddest couple that literature had yet seen when the book came out in 1847, both of them awkward, difficult and stubborn. Mr Rochester was far from the typical Victorian romantic hero. Shockingly, he had committed previous sexual indiscretions and – even more shockingly – told his governess about them. Worst of all, he turned out to be married. But romance was now an unstoppable force.
Jane and Mr Rochester overcame the obstacles between them, and in the real world too unlikely lovers were coming together despite the barriers of class and law.
|Executive Producer||Michael Poole|
|Executive Producer||John Das|