65 episodes

The Victorians were the first truly world wide, high speed, high tech civilisation, but they are often misunderstood. Your host, Chris Fernandez-Packham, will bust popular myths, cover events around the world, and focus on a people centric history. You will see how the Victorians shaped the world, changing it from the age of horse, musket, cannon and sail to the age of steam, rifle and iron in this monthly podcast with regular special episodes and bonus content. You will learn about Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens, Volcanoes, Famines, great art, geography and so much more.



You will discover how the Victorians changed our landscapes, and mastered new energy forms that have led us to move from being a part of the natural world to shapers of it. You will learn how the modern world was created by the actions of the Victorians. You will learn how the Victorians gave birth to our modern understanding of weather, climate, history and even time and space.

AGE OF VICTORIA PODCAST Chris Fernandez-Packham (Victorian History Lover/Queen Victoria Fan)

    • History
    • 4.8 • 157 Ratings

The Victorians were the first truly world wide, high speed, high tech civilisation, but they are often misunderstood. Your host, Chris Fernandez-Packham, will bust popular myths, cover events around the world, and focus on a people centric history. You will see how the Victorians shaped the world, changing it from the age of horse, musket, cannon and sail to the age of steam, rifle and iron in this monthly podcast with regular special episodes and bonus content. You will learn about Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens, Volcanoes, Famines, great art, geography and so much more.



You will discover how the Victorians changed our landscapes, and mastered new energy forms that have led us to move from being a part of the natural world to shapers of it. You will learn how the modern world was created by the actions of the Victorians. You will learn how the Victorians gave birth to our modern understanding of weather, climate, history and even time and space.

    EP033 (PT2) WHO OWNS THE LAND?

    EP033 (PT2) WHO OWNS THE LAND?

    The journey into Empire continues as we look more closely at the Australia’s, and the difficult issues of landownership, native rights, and how land can tie to identity. I also cover the culture clash between the Europeans and the Indigenous Peoples. This is part 2, which covers more of the background of Empire in the Australia’s, the First & Second Fleets, the impact of liberalism and the difference in world views between the Europeans and the Indigenous Peoples, the lure of food, the battle for land, the place of science and the timeline leading to the early Victorian Era in the Australia’s. If you haven’t listened to pt1 yet, I suggest you do that before listening to this.

    Thanks for your listening. I hope you enjoy. If you want to get in touch, I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at ageofvictoriapodcast@gmail.com, follow me on twitter @ageofvictoria, visit the website at www.ageofvictoriapodcast.com. The show also has a facebook page and group. Just search for Age of Victoria. Don’t forget to leave a review on iTunes, it takes less time than making a coffee. If you want to support the show on patreon, just click here, or you can go to Patreon and search for age of victoria podcast or my name.

    • 49 min
    EP033 (PT1) WHO OWNS THE LAND?

    EP033 (PT1) WHO OWNS THE LAND?

    The journey into Empire continues as we look more closely at the Australia’s, and the difficult issues of landownership, native rights, and how land can tie to identity. I also cover the culture clash between the Europeans and the indigenous aborigines. This episode then breaks and in part 2, it will cover more of the background of Empire in the Australia’s, the impact of liberalism and the difference in world views between the Europeans and the Aborigines, and the timeline leading to the early Victorian Era in the Australia’s.

    This part covers





    Thank you’s to Patrons, and listener reviews.





    Elaboration on listener feedback/comments.





    The complexity of ethnic identity in the UK.





    The idea of conquest as a legitimate means of ownership





    Indigenous rights as a concept





    The culture clash between Europeans and the Aborigines at a high level





    Terra Nulis and settlement.





    To whom the law applies





    The first steps to human rights





    Break for end of part 1.





    Thanks for your listening. I hope you enjoy. If you want to get in touch, I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at ageofvictoriapodcast@gmail.com, follow me on twitter @ageofvictoria, visit the website at www.ageofvictoriapodcast.com. The show also has a facebook page and group. Just search for Age of Victoria. Don’t forget to leave a review on iTunes, it takes less time than making a coffee. If you want to support the show on patreon, just click here, or you can go to Patreon and search for age of victoria podcast or my name.

    • 41 min
    EP032 PHILOSOPHY OF EMPIRE – THE VALUE OF LIFE?

    EP032 PHILOSOPHY OF EMPIRE – THE VALUE OF LIFE?

    To understand the past, sometimes we need to examine our values and subject them to philosophical analysis. The British Empire was a complex, varied entity that stretched across the world and changed over the centuries. How do we understand the mindset of those people in the C19th who created it, or lived in it? This episode is designed to get you thinking and analysing big questions and unpleasant moral problems. Ultimately the answers will be down to your judgements. Be warned some material is upsetting and contains references to genocide, racism, slavery, the holocaust, abortion and critiques of religion. I hope you find it stimulating.

    Topics





    Thank you’s to Patrons, and some listener reviews.





    The complexity of Empire, and the settler empire.





    How common were empires?





    Are people innately warlike and violent?





    Is life important; the need for philosophy.





    Is life important; what would God do, and does that make it ok?





    Is life important; building a moral framework for atheists.





    The worst pub bore ever – drunken philosophy.





    The economic value of life.





    If your people are starving, is it immoral not to invade another country?





    The right to liberty and freedom to do what you want except when you can’t.





    Heuristics, mental shortcuts, and cognitive biases; how bad decision making affects empires.





    The power and danger of othering.





    Look him in the eyes as he dies.





    Gengis Khan, and how to turn genocides into hero worship.





    The dangers of anarchy, law and order.





    Some impacts of Empires; feeding the hungry, and killing other people.





    Final thoughts.





    Thanks for your listening. I hope you enjoy. If you want to get in touch, I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at ageofvictoriapodcast@gmail.com, follow me on twitter @ageofvictoria, visit the website at www.ageofvictoriapodcast.com. The show also has a facebook page and group. Just search for Age of Victoria. Don’t forget to leave a review on iTunes, it takes less time than making a coffee. If you want to support the show on patreon, just click here, or you can go to Patreon and search for age of victoria podcast or my name.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    EP031 VICTORIA & ALBERT – A ROMANTIC PRINCE & A WEDDING

    EP031 VICTORIA & ALBERT – A ROMANTIC PRINCE & A WEDDING

    How does the Queen of Kingdom and ruler of the Empire choose a husband? This is not a choice to get wrong, so Victoria was under pressure. Was Albert the Romantic Prince and perfect companion of her dreams? Learn about the Prince, his childhood, his music, & his journey from shy intellectual to confident suitor to the Queen.

    This show covers





    Prince Alberts childhood & family scandals.





    The close relationship between Germany & Britain.





    The German Romantic movement.





    Did they really fall in love?



    Albert had groove.



    A royal proposal & Lord M’s advice for marriage.





    What, a German? Tory opposition and financial constraints.





    Preparing for the wedding.





    The Bride Wore White.





    A very, very successful wedding night.





    Thanks for your listening. I hope you enjoy. If you want to get in touch, I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at ageofvictoriapodcast@gmail.com, follow me on twitter @ageofvictoria, visit the website at www.ageofvictoriapodcast.com. The show also has a facebook page and group. Just search for Age of Victoria. Don’t forget to leave a review on iTunes, it takes less time than making a coffee. If you want to support the show on patreon, just click here, or you can go to Patreon and search for age of victoria podcast or my name.

    • 47 min
    EP030 QUEEN VICTORIA’S NO GOOD, VERY BAD YEAR

    EP030 QUEEN VICTORIA’S NO GOOD, VERY BAD YEAR

    How was Victoria coping with being Queen? She was intelligent, stubborn, cultured, but sometimes misguided and blinkered. Worse, the nation itself seemed fractured, bitter, and in danger of collapse. Her first two years as monarch showed the need for her to have a partner. Someone who could share the load, act as a lightning rod and shield on shoulder, and make the transition from partisan Queen to Monarch for the whole nation. There were some dangerous rocks in the waters and Victoria would have to learn to tread carefully as she made her steps on the journey to being the monarch that united the nation.

    This show covers





    Reviews and thank you’s





    Lord Melbourne – brief biography





    Introduce Sir Robert Peel





    Situation of UK/Empire in 1830’s.





    Chartism.





    Lady Flora Hastings





    Affair of the Bedchamber





    Resolution





    Victoria’s mental/physical state.





    How Prince Albert helped.





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    • 56 min
    3RD ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL VICTORIA & ALBERT – A ROYAL, AND A ROMANTIC

    3RD ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL VICTORIA & ALBERT – A ROYAL, AND A ROMANTIC

    EP030 3rd Anniversary Special: Victoria & Albert -a Royal and a Romantic.

    The podcast is 3 years old, so time for Victoria and Albert to become a couple. One of histories famous romances and two names that almost define the age. Yet it was a strange road that brought them together. In this show we look at Queen Victoria’s tricky love life, the problems of being a royal celebrity, meet some of Prince Alberts competition, and learn how they finally came to meet. But was it love at first sight?

    Gallery of Romanticism Key Works

    This show covers





    Reviews and thank you’s for 3 years





    The importance of the German Romantic movement.





    The problems of a royal marriage.





    A woman? As Queen? What would the Bible say?





    Immaturity and dynastic tangles.





    Stalking Victoria.





    Enter Prince Albert, stage right.





    Duke Alex, boxes of bling, and heartbreak.





    Follow the show on Facebook on our Facebook Page or in the Facebook group for Victorian trivia or the latest news.

    You can listen on Apple Podcasts and subscribe for free to get all the latest episodes, or even leave me a review. The show is also on Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean – basically all your favourite podcatching platforms. Don’t forget to tell your friends.

    Support the show on Patreon, and get exclusive patrons only episodes plus other goodies.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
157 Ratings

157 Ratings

Jvazqu03 ,

Excellent!

Just wanted to say I love this show. I am relatively late to the party, I’ve been listening for about a year starting with episode one and just finishing the mini-sode on “Titles and Tiaras”. I predominantly listen while jogging which makes an unpleasant activity semi-enjoyable! I hope to get all caught up by the end of the year.

Jfjsndjcnaksbskabdjcj ,

Love this!

Really good podcast

troublemiz ,

loved until the most recent episode

I really enjoy this podcast. It is extremely well-researched and typically extremely thoughtful. However, I was startled by the most recent episode. The faux-philosophical gymnastics and rhetorical handwaving that Chris tried to use to contextualize-away the absolute horrors of imperialism I found to be extremely troubling and ahistorical. His “analysis” completely failed to take into account that many Victorians were keenly aware that what was going on was morally reprehensible, and ignores that there were concurrent political, economic & social ideologies that stood in direct opposition to liberal imperialism. It was not just “the way things were,” nor do bizarre comparisons to earlier, pre-state societies make any sense in this context. I am extremely disappointed and I’m not sure I’ll be back.

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