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The time when Queen Victoria I was in rule known as the Victorian Era played host to an abundance of childrens literature appearing in such forms as the fairy tale nonsense stories and tales of adventure This influx of writing aimed toward the younger class was brought on by several different factors In 1832 King William IV died leaving the English throne to his niece Victoria who was only eighteen years old A moral woman she was unhappy with the corrupt conduct of the Royal Family as well as the nation and unlike her predecessors she accepted the idea of constitutional monarchy1 With these bold and unparalleled moves she started an age of reform in England one that put a great emphasis on family life With these reforms came a departure from the old kinds of childrens literature instead of being aimed at teaching children morals and religion they were aimed at simply entertaining them2 Before the Victorian Era there were basically two types of childrens books pious books preaching hellfire and infant damnation and cheap low-quality chapbooks3 The 19th century however was focused much on family life not religious piety thus introducing many different types of juvenile literature One form of literature that became gained popularity in the Victorian Age was the fairy tale Although it had been around for centuries this type of writing was shunned during the 18th century because it was believed heretical by the Puritan beliefs that were so common during this period In other parts of the world though fairy tales were gaining esteem German brothers Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm and Dane Hans Christian Andersen had great success with their stories of fantasy and accordingly England caught on4 Sir Henry Cole under the nom de plume Felix Summerly published many traditional fairy tales in his periodical Home Treasury which ran from 1841 to 18995 Also Richard Henry Horne wrote of the adventures of an educated bear in The Good-Natured
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