Snapshot of History: “Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale (1864–92”

#AceHistoryNews says “Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale (1864–92)” was a member of the British Royal Family. He was the eldest son of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and Alexandra, Princess of Wales (later Queen Alexandra), and the grandson of the reigning monarch, Queen Victoria. From the time of his birth, he was second in the line of succession to the throne, but he did not become king because he died before his father and his grandmother.

Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence (1864-1892)

He travelled the world extensively as a naval cadet and joined the army, but did not undertake any active military duties. After two unsuccessful courtship’s, he was engaged to be married to Mary of Teck in late 1891.

Just a few weeks later, he died in an influenza pandemic. Mary later married his younger brother, George, who became King George V in 1910. Albert Victor’s intellect, sexuality and sanity have been the subject of much speculation. Rumours in 1889 linked him with the Cleveland Street
scandal, which involved a homosexual brothel, but there is no conclusive evidence verifying or disproving them. Some authors have argued that he
was the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper but the claim is widely dismissed.

 

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Snapshot of History: “Adelaide Anne Procter – British Poet and Philanthropist”

Adelaide Anne Procter

Adelaide Anne Procter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceHistoryNews says Adelaide Anne Procter (1825–1864) was a British poet and philanthropist. She worked for unemployed women and the homeless, and was actively involved with feminist groups and journals. Procter’s literary career began when she was a teenager; her poems were primarily published in Charles Dickens’s periodicals Household Words and All the Year Round and later appeared in book form. Her charity work and her conversion to Roman Catholicism appear to have strongly influenced her poetry, which deals mostly with such subjects as homelessness, poverty, and “fallen women“. Procter was the favourite poet of Queen Victoria. Her poetry went through numerous editions in the 19th century; Coventry Patmore called her the most popular poet of the day, after Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Nonetheless, by the early 20th century her reputation had diminished. The few modern critics who have given her work attention argue that her work is significant, in part for what it reveals about how Victorian women expressed otherwise repressed feelings. Procter never married, and some of her poetry has prompted speculation that she was a lesbian.

She died of tuberculosis at the age of 38.

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