This series of books explores what is perhaps the most dynamic era in the history of England. Under Britain's longest-reigning monarch (1837-- 1901), the nation witnessed astonishing advances in science and technology, as well as sweeping political and social reforms. These changes affected nearly every corner of the globe. This series focuses on the Victorian people and their everyday lives. It introduces readers to the men, women, and children at all levels of society, from poor farmers and factory workers to striving middle-class families and to the aristocrats at the top of the social scale. It describes how they lived and worked, the values they held, the hopes and dreams they had, as well as the realities they faced.