The Image of the Middle Ages in Romantic and Victorian Literature: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Image of the Middle Ages in Romantic and Victorian Literature

1st Edition

By Kevin L. Morris


266 pages

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Originally published in 1984, The Image of the Middle Ages in Romantic and Victorian Literature looks at the impact of medievalism in the 18th and 19th centuries and the importance of post-Enlightenment literary religious medievalism. The book suggests that religious medievalism was not a superficial cultural phenomenon and that the romantic spirit with which it was chronologically connected, was intimately associated with the metaphysical. The book suggests that this belief gave birth to the metaphysical yearning and cultural expression of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. The book seeks to clarify the post-Enlightenment relationship between aesthetic culture and ‘aesthetic’ religion, romanticism, medievalism and religious trends.

Table of Contents



1.The Cuckoo’s Egg: Romanticism and Religious Medievalism

2. Religious Medievalism? 1750-1825

3. Anti-Medievalism: 1750-1900

4. Kenelm Henry Digby and Young England

5. Catholics and Anglo-Catholics

6. Attitudes to Medieval Ecclesiastical Architecture in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

7. John Ruskin and Medieval Art in the Nineteenth Century




About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Medieval World

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1938 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of medieval history and medieval literature, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines medieval history from the early Middle Ages, right up until the Reformation, as well as the effect of the medieval period on later cultures, such as the Victorians. This collection draws together books on the monarchy, medieval philosophy, religion, art, music, psychology and architecture as well as volumes on medieval archeology. The collection also brings together key volumes on medieval literature of the period, with formative works examining medieval religious literature, medieval legends and oral tradition. The collection also includes titles examining specific poems from the period such as Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Pearl, as well as volumes on influential writers of the period such as Jean Froissant, John Lydgate and Margery Kempe. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse medieval period and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of history and literature, but of anthropology, music, psychology and religion.

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