The 19th Century

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The Trial: The Assassination of President Lincoln and the Trial of the Conspirators edited by Edward Steers, Jr (University Press of Kentucky, 41.95 [pounds sterling]) is a complete transcription and commentary of the 50-day trial of the suspected accomplices of John Wilkes Booth, who shot the 16th US president in 1865.

A reference work on the emergence of the United States as a modern nation, Historical Dictionary of the Gilded Age by Leonard Schlup & James G. Ryan (M.E. Sharpe, 130 [pounds sterling]) looks at the period from around 1877 to 1901.

The Oxford Movement A Thematic History of the Tractarians and Their Times by C. Brad Faught (Penn State Press, $29.95) discovers the religious movement within the Church of England which started in the early Victorian age.

Darwin and the Barnacle by Rebecca Stoic (Faber, 14.99 [pounds sterling]) explores the groundbreaking work of the English naturalist and the Victorian scientific world.

The private and public life of the long-reigning monarch is presented in a new biography, Queen Victoria by Walter L. Arnstein (Palgrave Macmillan, hb 45 [pounds sterling], pb 14.99 [pounds sterling]).

Another book covering the same topic is Queen Victoria: A Biographical Companion by Helen Rappaport (ABC-CLIO, 42.95 [pounds sterling]).

Queen Victoria: First Media Monarch by John Plunkett (Oxford University Press, 19.99 [pounds sterling]) is a highly illustrated survey of the way the monarch was reported, the way she was photographed and her position in civic consciousness throughout her long reign.

Black Victorians/Black Victoriana edited by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina (Rutgers University Press, hb 47. …