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Re: PBS MASTERPIECE VICTORIA SEASON 2

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Considering that Uncle Leopold was King of Belgium and Ernest was Duke of Coburg, I think that the "Victoria" series overinflates the amount of time they spent in England, being supportive and/or meddling! Leopold was not only busy match-making for his relatives (very true), but was staving off an attempt by the Netherlands to recapture Belgium, and preventing the spread of revolution into his country. And by age 24, Ernest was married to Princess Alexandrine of Baden (childless marriage), and commander in the German Federation, in a war against Denmark.

 

I don't remember Drummond's exact words about the engagement; whether he considered it "called off" in his own mind .. only needing to break that news to his fiance, or that he'd actually told her. Going with the position that they were still engaged when he was killed, was socially a lot better for both families. I think I posted previously that Lord Alfred Paget married, and had even more children than Queen Victoria!


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@ASTRAEAwrote:

Another momentous episode last night, with so many changes about to take place!!

 

Yes…one unwelcome arrival (Uncle Leopold) and 3 unwelcome departures (Peel, Lehzen, and Drummond). And next week is the season finale.

I was so hoping Ernst was not going to ask Harriet to marry him and was almost glad when after being declared “cured” the rash was discovered. At least he had the decency to halt the proposal.

I thought Drummond told Alfred that he had called off the engagement, but obviously never told the girl since she was referred to as the fiancée.

 

 @ASTRAEA also wrote: It's amazing how the heighten the drama of these historical incidents!

I'm guessing it makes for better theater, the more drama they inject. Cat Wink

Thanks, Astraea, for filling in the details of what really happened. N.


 

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Another momentous episode last night, with so many changes about to take place!!

 

The Queen's oldest child almost dies, when Lehzen stubbornly insists a mild fever is "nothing", and the Queen listens to her .. instead of Prince Albert. It doesn't go well for the Baroness ..

 

Sir Robert Peel - liked & trusted by the Queen & Albert - supports the corn law repeal, losing the support of his party .. and is on the verge of resigning (to be replaced by John Russell, 1st Earl Russell).

 

Prince Ernest seems "cured", is on the verge (we think) of proposing to Harriet, until a recurring "rash" is discovered during a bath. Smiley Sad

 

And then there's the on-again, off-again engagement of Edward Drummond, and his selfless act to protect Prime Minister Peel from a gunman, that ends everything for him & Lord Alfred.

 

It's amazing how the heighten the drama of these historical incidents! On last night's episode, the gunman fires at Peel, and Drummond pushes him out of the way, taking the bullet .. dying right there. In reality, apparently the gunman mistook Drummond for Peel, aiming at Drummond. He was hit in the chest & abdomen, the bullet removed later that day, then lingered for 5 days before dying. In reality, Drummond was much older & married at the time, not the hot-looking young guy on the TV series!


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Last night's episode ( 2/11), the Scotland visit, was sort of charming. I smiled and sometimes even laughed during the show. Of course there were other pieces that were more serious, but this episode made Victoria and Albert seem like real people.

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I have not watched this season at all.  I will have to binge watch to catch up!

 

 

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@catwoman500  Last year only the first episode was a 2 hour one.  I began watching the first episode of season 2 yesterday.  Ada Lovelace has been coming to my attention in various ways lately. I know very little about her.  A library worker talked me into getting Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini as an honor book to keep until I can read it.  Have not started reading it yet.  I also watched a documentary on Acorn recently, Calculating Ada.   

 

I am about halfway through with the 1st episode so cannot comment on all the goings on.  But I am definitely watching! 

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@ASTRAEA,

Mr. Penge always seems to make a point of emphasizing the MRS. when he speaks to her. Does that mean he uses the sign of respect unwillingly? Probably. Cat Sad Hope he gets his comeuppance soon.

 

Yes! I remember seeing a preview for Knightfall and recognized Jim Carter right away! Cat Very Happy

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@catwoman500 - Yes, "Mrs". Skerrett & Mr. Francatelli seem to have a complicated relationship!

 

Apparently the title "Mrs" back in 19th & early 20th century society, was a connotation of respect & seniority in the staff, not related to being married! Speaking of "staff" .. Jim Carter (Mr. Carson, the butler on Downton Abbey) plays Pope Boniface VIII in "Knightfall" about the Knights Templar & search for the Holy Grail (History Channel)!


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@ASTRAEA,

 

YIKES! 14 kids for Alfred?

 

24 years difference in age!...more artistic license with the Drummond and Paget relationship then.

 

I was certainly hoping that Mrs. Skerrett would not really have to leave. Wonder if Francatelli and she will resume their "friendship?" Love the thank you gift of dried fruit... until he snarkily said they were leftovers. Cat LOL

 

Missing Lord M? Oh, yes...he was easy on the eyes. Cat Happy

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@catwoman500 - Last night's show made it sound as if Lord M. had some debilitating disease like ALS, but he had a stroke ~ 1942 .. and I see no mention of any chronic disease other than that.

 

Lord Alfred Paget didn't marry Miss Cook, but he did marry .. Cecilia Wyndham .. and had 14 children with her! Of those, one died as a pre-teen, but the rest lived well into the 20th century. An article about Edward Drummond; private secretary to several Prime Ministers, says that he was quite a bit older than shown in "Victoria", and that a relationship with Paget was improbable. If we use use the year 1840 (when Dash died), Paget was 24, where as Drummond was twice that at 48.

 

Yes, Leopold's choice for Ernest was pretty awful; I felt sorry for him .. but was glad that he had a sense of humor about it.

 

I'm glad Ms. Skerrett stepped forward, to prevent Mr. Francatelli from being falsely accused & fired! I've wondered all along about that little girl, and why Skerrett would feel so obligated to help out .. and if she were being blackmailed, what could it be for. It almost seems like "jumping the shark", to now have Nancy Skerrett say that she just stepped in for the position without any training, because her sister (?) got pregnant, when she's been exemplary in her work since the beginning.

 

I'll miss Rufus Sewell!


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