Eminent Victorians with John Mitchinson

John Mitchinson

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In this fabulously watchable series, QI’s Director of Information John Mitchinson teaches us about the lives, loves and work of six great Victorians.

The course is arranged as six talks given by John. Each talk is accompanied by handy notes featuring datelines and further reading. The videos can by watched limitless times.

Part One: Florence Nightingale

Did you know that Nightingale went to bed for fifty years?

Part Two: William Morris

More than just a wallpaper designer, Morris was a political revolutionary.

Part Three: Karl Marx

Find out about his poor health, lack of money and heavy drinking.

Part Four: Charles Darwin

A worrier.

Part Five: Mary Kingsley

A brilliant female explorer and best-selling author.

Part Six: Frank Buckland

Eater of bluebottles and other strange animals.

This Idler Online Course offers over ninety minutes of video, John’s printable notes on each Victorian and access to a community noticeboard, where you can exchange ideas and information with other students, plus access to our “queries for the tutor” noticeboard. You may watch the films as many times as you like.

 


About the Tutor

John Mitchinson is Director of Research for the TV show QI and is co-author of the best-selling series of QI books. He is also Publishing Director at Unbound, the subscription publishing house. He lives in the Oxfordshire village of Great Tew where he keeps pigs and chickens.


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What you get

Six video classes of 20-30 minutes each; a sheaf of handy notes with datelines and further reading; access to our noticeboards where you can meet other students and pose questions to the tutor

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dawson54@comcast.net
3/11/2014

Indeed, A Job Well Done
Many thanks to John Mitchinson for this wonderfully informative romp through the lives of some of Victorian England's most interesting people. The portraits of well-known Victorians yield plenty of new and deliciously offbeat information, while the introduction to such singular characters as John Buckland and Mary Kingsley is delightful fun. Whoever thinks that the Victorians were somehow stuffy needs this class. Thanks, John, for shining a light on a well-chosen collection of heroes and oddballs, helping plodders like me discover them anew.

Reviews

dawson54@comcast.net
3/11/2014

Indeed, A Job Well Done
Many thanks to John Mitchinson for this wonderfully informative romp through the lives of some of Victorian England's most interesting people. The portraits of well-known Victorians yield plenty of new and deliciously offbeat information, while the introduction to such singular characters as John Buckland and Mary Kingsley is delightful fun. Whoever thinks that the Victorians were somehow stuffy needs this class. Thanks, John, for shining a light on a well-chosen collection of heroes and oddballs, helping plodders like me discover them anew.