MCM: The Boys of Victoria, Part 1

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Victoria just premiered in the U.S. — yes, we know you Brits have already seen the whole shebang. While there will be a lot to talk about, I thought I’d kick things off with the most obvious plus: all the hot boys. This post is subtitled “part 1,” because I have a feeling that princes Albert and Ernest might be hotties too, but we haven’t seen them yet. So for now, let’s just look at the gents that have Queen Vickie’s drawers in a clench (and our’s too!).

 

Charles Elme Francatelli

Played by Ferdinand Kingsley (son of actor Ben Kingsley!), this Italian-born, French-trained cook is really quite yummy himself (even if seems to be hot for Laoghaire from Outlander Miss Skerrett).

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Dang, that’s some pretty hair!

 

The “Grand Duke” from Russia

Played by Daniel Donskoy, he gets handsy with the queen while dancing! Super gasp, get me my smelling salts!

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He’s tall, so I’d let him get handsy with me. Tall goes a looong way with me!

And what we’re really all here for:

 

Lord Melbourne

Oh Rufus Sewell. He was looking a little bedraggled in some of his recent film appearances, but kudos to whoever spruced him up because DAMN if I’m not 100% down with Queen Victoria’s crush on her tall, dark, and handsome prime minister. So he’s a bit fatherly, she clearly needs that — but he also recognizes her spark of potential genius, which he mostly shows by glowing proudly at her. Whatever, just keep his pants tight and I’m happy!

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I’m ignoring the short-sleeves-for-daytime on QV in favor of Melbourne’s cravat and top hat!

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Oh god let this be a very obvious symbol!

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He’s got great posture… and thighs!

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Double-breasted wool. MMMMMM.

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You KNOW Vickie is hoping he kisses her. Really not really.

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Ignore the head necklace and dupioni and instead focus on the tousled hair and sideburns!

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And the cheekbones!

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He even makes the diaper-crotch work!

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Lookit him all srs bzns with his papers n stuff!

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Yeah, I’m crushed on him too!

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Did I mention the THIGHS?

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And the intense stare?

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This is his “glowing proudly at QV” look. He does this A LOT.

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Gold braid, symbolic long, thick sword… yes please!

 

What did you think of Victoria‘s first episode, and the show’s boys?

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Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

25 Responses

  1. Susan Pola

    I have a huge *sigh* lust for Rufus Swell. And his Lord M is a tour de force performance.

    You can definitely understand and see why the very sheltered and fatherless Queen would see him, first as a father figure, and then fall in love with him. Lord M was definitely her first love. He treated her as an intelligent and grown woman, not a weak little girl.

    There wasn’t much of competition. The abusive Conroy and her male cousins such as George of Cambridge, which was William IV choice of husband for Victoria.

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  2. mmcquown

    Sorry, dahlings, but Lord Melbourne was quite a bit older than Sewell. He also had a habit of falling asleep during Parliamentary sessions. On the other hand, the scandal referred to was Melbourne’s wife’s (Lady Caroline Lamb) affaire with Lord Byron,followed by his alleged affaire with another married woman, Caroline Norton, the one of which he was acquitted. The woman in question was also a novelist and a political reformer. The Victorian Era didn’t get half so stiff until after Albert died; then so did the fun. All that was left was child pornography and grinding poverty while England gloriously ripped off the half of the world the other European countries were trying for.
    Loved, loved, loved Jenna Coleman as Victoria.One might even say she was born for the part. Has any other Companion risen so high?

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  3. Susan Pola

    Karen, you are so correct. Have you seen him in Taming of the Shrew in the Shakespeare Retold DVDs? Kate is Shirley Henderson.

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  4. Charity

    Oh, Rufus, once upon a time, I groaned whenever you showed up in a costume drama. I appreciated you not. And then one day, something changed. You played Lord Mark in Tristan + Isolde, and stole my heart. You persist in refusing to return it to me. You stomped on it a bit in two seasons of The Man in the High Castle, where you manage to be my favorite character in spite of playing a Nazi, and then you played Lord M, and caused both myself and my mother to develop Prime Minister crushes on you. Shame on you, for being so damn fabulous! (But thank you so much, too! ;))

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  5. Kathleen Norvell

    Still wiping the drool off my chin. What a fine looking bunch of guys (exception is Peter Firth — what a troll his character was).

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  6. Alys Mackyntoich

    I gave up when Queen Vickie had her champagne-fueled hissy fit at her mother. I really wanted to like this show. But it was alternatively tedious and over-wrought, like a 1980s “Very Special Episode.” For all of her charisma on Dr. Who, Jenna Coleman was shrill and unlikeable.

    However, I may watch the rest of the episode on mute for the beauty that is Rufus Sewell.

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    • Bronwyn Benson

      I’ve heard it gets better and will probably continue watching, but, yeah, I wasn’t impressed with it either.

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  7. ladylavinia1932

    Oh Rufus Sewell. He was looking a little bedraggled in some of his recent film appearances, but kudos to whoever spruced him up because DAMN if I’m not 100% down with Queen Victoria’s crush on her tall, dark, and handsome prime minister. So he’s a bit fatherly, she clearly needs that — but he also recognizes her spark of potential genius, which he mostly shows by glowing proudly at her. Whatever, just keep his pants tight and I’m happy!

    Rufus Sewell is a decade too young to be portraying Lord Melbourne.

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  8. Lyn Robb

    And no matter your feelings about A Knight’s Tale, that’s the film where I fell in love Rufus. Dressed all in black riding a very large powerful black horse. Be still my heart!

    I liked his portrayal of Lord M. despite him being way too young and sexy for that role (historically speaking)

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    • themodernmantuamaker

      For me it was Dangerous Beauty, which also gets a bad rap on here. But he was just so damn gorgeous and sultry!

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      • Susan Pola

        Same here, I loved Dangerous Beauty. Lush Venice and Rufus. *fans self at sudden hot flash*. But he’s fantastic as Lord M and also Petrucchio opposite Shirley Henderson in Taming of the Shrew.

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      • Sarah Lorraine

        He’s way under utilized in that film, which was basically butchered down from a longer film that probably would have been a thousand times better. If there was ever a Director’s Cut released, I’d be all over it in a heartbeat.

        I’ve had a crush on Rufus since I first clapped eyes on “Dark City” 20 years ago. I’ll watch anything he’s in, but “Dangerous Beauty” taxed the limits of my tolerance for playing fast and loose with history as well as chopping up the plot so badly that I was having whiplash from the scene changes. Not even Rufus could salvage it for me, sadly.

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  9. gchristian

    No such word as our’s. Ours. Ours. How do you even come up with such a thing? I enjoy the blog, and I’m aware that it’s not formal or academic writing, but–our’s? For the reputation of your blog, and the preservation of the language, please take advantage of basic spellcheckers, basic grammar checks, and perhaps a glance at Garner’s *Usage*. Apostrophes are not pretty ornaments: they have specific and limited functions.

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    • themodernmantuamaker

      And there were too many commas in your second sentence; neither of them were necessary. So maybe try focusing on your own writing issues before nitpicking others.

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  10. Isis

    I swooned happily all through Victoria. But then I have crushed on Rufus Sewell since Middlemarch.

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  11. Susan Pola

    We all have to remember that Victoria was very sheltered and poorly educated for her position as Heir (Both Conroy & Duchess Victoria thought they would govern & pass it to her husband who would favor them.).

    Victoria detested Conroy who separated her from her mother (she was on his side and possibly his lover), belittled her and abused her both physically and mentally. It was only natural that she wouldn’t listen to them or want them around when she became Queen. It’s a fact that she shared a bedroom with her mother and when she became Queen she moved to her own room.

    I thought the show portrayed this excellently.

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