New Book | Edward the Black Prince in Georgian and Victorian England

Posted in books by Editor on December 4, 2017

From Boydell & Brewer:

Barbara Gribling, The Image of Edward the Black Prince in Georgian and Victorian England: Negotiating the Late Medieval Past (London: Royal Historical Society, 2017), 189 pages, ISBN: 9780861933426, $90.

During the Georgian and Victorian periods, the fourteenth-century hero Edward the Black Prince became an object of cultural fascination and celebration: he and his battles played an important part in a wider reimagining of the British as a martial people, reinforced by an interest in chivalric character and a burgeoning nationalism. Drawing on a wealth of literature, histories, drama, art, and material culture, this book explores the uses of Edward’s image in debates about politics, character, war, and empire, assessing the contradictory meanings ascribed to the late Middle Ages by groups ranging from royals to radicals. It makes a special claim for the importance of the fourteenth century as a time of heroic virtues, chivalric escapades, royal power, and parliamentary development, adding to a growing literature on Georgian uses of the past by exposing an active royal and popular investment in the medieval. Disputing current assumptions that the Middle Ages represented a romanticized and unproblematic past, it shows how this investment was increasingly contested in the Victorian era.


Royal Associations: Heroic Character and Chivalric Ceremony at the Court of George III
Prince George Reclaims the Heroic? Transition, Ambition, and Domesticity
Chivalry and Politics in Victoria’s Early Reign: Art, Exhibitions and Palace Renditions
Politics, Parliament, and the People’s Prince
Emulating Edward? Redefining Chivalry and Character
Warrior for Nation and Empire

The Launch of the King’s Friends Network

Posted in resources by Editor on December 4, 2017

From the Georgian Papers Programme:

10 November 2017 saw an important milestone in the evolution of the Georgian Papers Programme with the public launch of The King’s Friends network. The King’s Friends is a free-to-join international community of those whose work stands to benefit from the digitization of the Georgian papers in the Royal Archives, and who in turn can help make the project a success. We hope that a very wide range of researchers working on eighteenth-century or early nineteenth-century themes will join the King’s Friends network, and find it of use and interest in research not only on themes closely related to the history of the British monarchy and its jurisdictions, but to a whole range of topics from the histories of science, agriculture and medicine to the histories of gender and interpersonal relations, and the histories of art, collections, consumption, food and fashion, to mention just a few!

Click here to learn more and join the King’s Friends Network.

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