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Bloom assembles a canon of victorias madmen which freewheels through a bizarre miscellany of subjects including doubles ghosts anarchists and vegetarians times literary supplement in victorias madmen clive bloom marshals a crowd of men and women to help him dismantle the myth of victorian conformity and uniformity. V ictorias madmen is a misleading title since virtually no one in clive blooms book appears to be suffering from a serious mental health disorder there is hardly an asylum in sight and you . A unique view of victorias reign through the eyes of the neglected figures of the age the assassins anarchists terrorists and revolutionaries victorias madmen is about those marginal voices which the nineteenth century heard only as a distant undifferentiated murmur but through the . Review in victorias madmen clive bloom marshals a crowd of men and women to help him dismantle the myth of victorian conformity and uniformityblooms madmen include spiritualists and anarchists atheists and visionaries socialists nudists and assassins they all contribute to creating a 19th century wilder and richer than the one we usually encounter. Clive bloom is the latest historian to object to such stereotypes in victorias madmen he marshals a crowd of men and women to help him dismantle the myth of victorian conformity and uniformity certainly it would be hard to imagine a less uniform group of individuals