Medievalism and the Quest for the Real Middle Ages
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.
- Paperback | 176 pages
- 152 x 229 x 9.65mm | 505g
- 14 Aug 2015
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
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.