The essays in this volume, originally published in 1992, examine some of the pervasive implications of Victorian medievalism, and assess its creative manifestations and dual capacities for expression of reformist anger and escapist retreat. Some of the emotional and intllectual reasons for the strong Victorian attraction to ‘medieval’ history and litereature are discussed and emblematic responses to this attraction are examined.
1. Introduction Florence S. Boos 2. Alternative Victorian Futures: ‘Historicism’ Past and Present and A Dream of John Ball Florence S. Boos 3. Interpreting Victorian Medievalism Charles Dellheim 4. The Myth of Merrie England in Victorian Painting Rebecca Jeffrey Easby 5. Tennyson’s Hierarchy of Women in Idylls of the King Rebecca Cochran 6. William Morris’s Late Romances: The Struggle Against Closure Hartley S. Spatt 7. Marxism, Medievalism and Popular Culture Chris Waters 8. Ralph Adams Cram: Last Knight of the Gothic Quest Charlotte H. Oberg Reviews: The Return to Camelot: Chivalry and the English Gentleman by Mark Girouard Debra Mancoff the Image of the Middle Ages in Romantic and Victorian Literature by Kevin L. Morris Carolyn Collette. Bibliography of Victorian Historicism and Medievalism