Medievalism: The Middle Ages in Modern England (Hardcover)
The Middle Ages in Modern England
Yale University Press, 9780300110616, 306pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2007
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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Praise For Medievalism: The Middle Ages in Modern England…
"Alexander has written a very useful introduction for undergraduates and the general reader. The mass of information is firmly marshalled, lucidly narrated, and salted with a pleasantly wry wit. It is handsomely produced, lavishly illustrated yet moderately priced."—Roger Simpson, Arthuriana
"[A] sweeping survey of architecture, art, and especially literature that pauses long enough over specific artists and authors. . . . Medievalism . . . will benefit any scholar wanting to understand how a long-ago age resurfaced in British culture a couple of centuries ago."— Eric Daffron, Sixteenth Century Journal