Holly has made no secret of her love for Queen Victoria - a fondness so deep that she's been reluctant to research a podcast episode on her for fear of fangirling. To dodge that possibility, today we're focusing on one of the major missteps in Victoria's early reign. When Lady Flora Hastings experienced mysterious pain and a swollen abdomen, many at court leapt to the conclusion that she was secretly pregnant. The young queen's handling of the situation wound up both harming Lady Hastings and damaging her own reputation.
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Episode link: Queen Victoria: The Lady Hastings Scandal
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- Rappaport, Helen. "Queen Victoria: A Biographical Companion." ABC-CLIO. 2003.
- Shindler, Karolyn. "Queen Victoria: The Day the People Vented Their Fury." Telegraph. March 3, 2009. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/4928868/Queen-Victoria-the-day-the-people-vented-their-fury.html
- Wilson, A.N. "Victoria: A Life." Penguin Books. 2015.
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