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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.

C O N T E N T S

Introduction
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
Conclusion

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