Medievalism: The Middle Ages in Modern England

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Yale University Press, 2007 M01 1 - 306 pages
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The style of the medieval period, which flows through the bloodstream of western culture, was vigorously re-established in post-Enlightenment England. This one-volume history of the Medieval Revival is the first coherent account of it, especially those aspects that are expressed and reflected in literature. The book focuses on the period 1760 to 1971, with an Epilogue on the reverberations of medievalism in the present day.
The rebuilding of the Palace of Westminster, after its destruction by fire in 1834, re-established Gothic as the national style. But medieval imitation manifests itself wherever one cares to look: in literature, architecture, the applied arts, religion, politics, and even Hollywood. In this skilled dissection of the components of this pervasive cultural movement, Michael Alexander rejects the idea that medievalism was confined to the Victorian period, and overturns the suspicion that it is by its nature escapist.

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A study of the "Medieval Revival" in England beginning with the rise of gothic literature in the 1760s and extending well into the twentieth century (encompassing art, architecture, literature, printing, &c.). Well made and beautifully illustrated. Read full review


The Advent of the Goths
Chivalry Romances and Revival
Dim Religious Lights
Residences for the Poor
The Death of Arthur was the Favourite Volume
History the Revival and the
History and Legend
The Working Men and the Common Good
Among the Lilies and the Weeds
Modernist Medievalism
Twentiethcentury Christendom
Riding through the glen
The Study of Medieval Romance in

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Michael Alexander was professor of English, St. Andrews University. Among his publications are translations and editions of Old and Middle English literature, and A History of English Literature.

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