Medievalism and the Quest for the Real Middle Ages

Medievalism and the Quest for the Real Middle Ages

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Medievalism, the later reception of the Middle Ages, has been used by many writers, not just during the Victorian period but from the Renaissance to the present, as a means of commenting on their own societies and systems of values. Until recently, this self-interest was used to distinguish between Medievalism, a selective, often romanticised, view of the past, and medieval studies, with its quest for an authentic Middle Ages. The essays in this collection suggest that the search for knowledge of a "real" Middle Ages has always been a problematic one, and that the vitality of the vision of Medievalism is demonstrated by its constant adaption to current concerns.
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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 9.65mm | 505g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138878162
  • 9781138878167
  • 2,330,038

Table of contents

Introduction/review of current scholarship, Clare A. Simmons; Samuel Daniel's defense of Medievalism, Kelly Quinn; chivalry and romance in the 18th century - Richard Hurde and the disenchantment of the "Faerie Queene", Kristine Louise Haugen; waging battle - Ashford V. Thornton, Ivanhoe, and legal violence, Mark Schoenfield; Joan of Arc in the 1820s, Sarah Hibberd; the "Truth" about the Middle Ages - "La Revue dex Deux Mondes" and late 19th century Medievalism, Elizabeth Emery; medieval religion, Victorian homosexualities, Frederick S. Roden; heraldry and Red Hats - linguistic skepticism and Chesterton's revision of Ruskian medievalism, Chene Heady; the return of the king - medievalism and the politics of nostalgia in the Mythopoetic Men's Movement, Susan Aronstein.
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