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The Victorian Beard - by Professor Richard J Evans

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Published on Feb 22, 2011

Masculinity, disease protection and more - what did he beard mean during the Victorian era? What was the style? How and why did the style evolve and eventually die out?

Professor Richard J Evans, Gresham Professor of Rhetoric, provides a brief summary of the changing role of facial hair in Victorian Britain.

This is an excerpt from Professor Evans' Gresham lecture 'The Victorians: Gender and Sexuality', which can be accessed here: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and...

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