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Queen Victoria of Great Britain (1819-1901) successfully married many of her children into the great ruling families of the 19th century. One daughter, the Crown Princess of Prussia, had distinctly different literary tastes from her mother.

It happened that mother and daughter were once discussing the merits of popular romantic novelist Marie Corelli. The queen claimed that Corelli was among the great writers of the time, while the princess felt her writings were trash.

In an effort to settle the matter, the princess summoned a gentleman-in-waiting, who had not heard the discussion, and asked his views as to Marie Corelli.

"The secret of her popularity," came his reply, "rests in the appeal of her writings to the semi-educated."

The topic was thereafter quickly dropped from further discourse.

----------------A Final Thought ...

"The history of the Victorian Age will never be written: we know too much about it."

- Lytton Strachey (18801932), British historian