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Trial of the century

How two men dressed as women shocked Victorian Britain

By Hannah Rosefield  


Fanny and Stella: The Young Men Who Shocked Victorian England by Neil McKenna (Faber and Faber, £16.99)

It wasn’t illegal in Victorian England for a man to dress as a woman. But if a man wore women’s clothing in a public place and made a spectacle of himself while doing so—well, that was a different matter. On 28th April 1870, Miss Stella Boulton and Mrs Fanny Graham were arrested as they tried to leave the…

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