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There and Back: Emigrant Epic 1840–1850

Herbert F. Tucker

in Epic: Britain's Heroic Muse 1790–1910

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199232987
eISBN:
9780191716447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232987.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter proposes that the 1840s tendency to expatriate British epics to foreign parts reflected a postnationalist turn in the construction of British identity. Even heavy-duty royal heroes like ... More


In Plight of Troth: Mythological Epic 1860–1870

Herbert F. Tucker

in Epic: Britain's Heroic Muse 1790–1910

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199232987
eISBN:
9780191716447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232987.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The Poet Laureate's generic apostasy and recovery frame this chapter's argument that the High Victorian epic reached maturity when it entrusted to myth, as a culture-shaped repository of value, the ... More


Introduction

R.R. Davies

in The First English Empire: Power and Identities in the British Isles 1093-1343

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199257249
eISBN:
9780191698439
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257249.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

Two contemporary images of the history of medieval England help establish the central theme of this book. The first image — seen in Flores Historiarum — displays the coronation of the Kings of ... More


‘These two names are national inheritances’: The Emergence of King Arthur and Robin Hood as National Heroes

Stephanie L. Barczewski

in Myth and National Identity in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207283
eISBN:
9780191677618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207283.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, History of Ideas

This chapter attempts to put the legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood into a cultural context. First, it provides a brief survey of the previous historical development of King Arthur and Robin Hood. ... More


THE MARRIED STATE: IDYLLS OF THE KING

Matthew Reynolds

in The Realms of Verse 1830-1870: English Poetry in a Time of Nation-Building

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198187127
eISBN:
9780191719066
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187127.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter begins by describing the Idylls of the King according to Tennyson. It characterises Arthur as king of the Round Table. It explains that one of the several contemporary political issues ... More


‘We shall be one people’: King Arthur and Robin Hood in the First Half of the Twentieth Century

Stephanie L. Barczewski

in Myth and National Identity in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207283
eISBN:
9780191677618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207283.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, History of Ideas

This chapter examines the role of the legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood in the first half of the twentieth century. As well as complicating the racial identities of Robin Hood and King Arthur, ... More


Eleanor and John

Jean Flori and Olive Classe

in Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen and Rebel

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748622955
eISBN:
9780748651382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622955.003.0010
Subject:
History, Economic History

This chapter gives a broad outline of the events that occurred at Châlus. There is not the least doubt about Richard I's main intention in laying siege to Châlus. He went into the county of Limousin ... More


‘Why must we haunt to them foreign parts?’: The Legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood and British Imperialism

Stephanie L. Barczewski

in Myth and National Identity in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207283
eISBN:
9780191677618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207283.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, History of Ideas

This chapter discusses issues of inclusion and exclusion from an imperial perspective. From the earliest versions of his legend, King Arthur has been depicted as an imperial ruler whose vast domains ... More


The Plantagenet Court and the World of King Arthur

Jean Flori and Olive Classe

in Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen and Rebel

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748622955
eISBN:
9780748651382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622955.003.0015
Subject:
History, Economic History

The extraordinary success enjoyed by Arthurian romance in Plantagenet domains has led most historians and specialists in twelfth-century literature to see it as part of a propaganda exercise ... More


‘Sung of throughout the length and breadth of the land’: The Popularity and Meaning of the Legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood in the Nineteenth Century

Stephanie L. Barczewski

in Myth and National Identity in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207283
eISBN:
9780191677618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207283.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, History of Ideas

This chapter discusses the construction of a new national history in nineteenth-century Britain, looking at the popularity and meaning of the legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood. Like many other ... More


Two Queens

Jean Flori and Olive Classe

in Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen and Rebel

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748622955
eISBN:
9780748651382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622955.003.0008
Subject:
History, Economic History

This chapter contends that Richard I, King of England, gave King Tancred of Sicily a sword that the chroniclers identified, rightly or wrongly, with the sword of King Arthur. It is known that the ... More


Introduction: King Arthur, Robin Hood, and British National Identity

Stephanie L. Barczewski

in Myth and National Identity in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207283
eISBN:
9780191677618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207283.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, History of Ideas

This chapter presents the scope and outline of the topics covered in the book's study. The study examines how the legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood played a role in both displaying and shaping ... More


Myth and National Identity in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood

Stephanie Barczewski

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207283
eISBN:
9780191677618
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207283.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, History of Ideas

Scholars have become increasingly interested in how modern national consciousness comes into being through fictional narratives. Literature is of particular importance to this process, for it is ... More


King Arthur: History and Fiction

Karen Sullivan

in The Danger of Romance: Truth, Fantasy, and Arthurian Fictions

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226540122
eISBN:
9780226540436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226540436.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

In the twelfth and the early thirteenth centuries, medieval thinkers disagreed about the historical value of accounts of King Arthur. Many historians of the time expressed skepticism about the more ... More


‘Eleanor, by the Wrath of God Queen of England’

Jean Flori and Olive Classe

in Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen and Rebel

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748622955
eISBN:
9780748651382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622955.003.0009
Subject:
History, Economic History

The Archbishop of Rouen, Walter of Coutances, was ostensibly charged by Richard I to work with William Longchamp, but really he was to keep an eye on him. Eleanor of Aquitaine's role as regent, ... More


Quest and Questioning in Romance

Richard W. Kaeuper

in Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199244584
eISBN:
9780191697388
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244584.003.0013
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter focuses on quest patterns in order to take a closer look at the evidence and to show that the role of chivalry in issue or order appears in entire works less than in passages selected ... More


The Romances of Chretien de Troyes

Joseph J. Duggan

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300083576
eISBN:
9780300133707
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300083576.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Twelfth-century French poet Chretien de Troyes was one of the most influential figures in Western literature, for his romantic poems on the legend of King Arthur gave rise to a tradition of ... More


‘And Now for Something Completely Different’: Pythonic Arthuriana and the Matter of Britain

Jim Holte

in The Cinema of Terry Gilliam: It's a Mad World

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231165358
eISBN:
9780231850384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231165358.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores the mythical legends that are taken up in Terry Gilliam's Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), and later in its stage adaptation, Spamalot (2005). The film consists of a ... More


Love and Death

Anne Lawrence-Mathers

in The True History of Merlin the Magician

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300144895
eISBN:
9780300189292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300144895.003.0009
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter focuses on Merlin's much less known cycle of romances, in which his connection to demons and his supernatural powers made him a major figure in the legendary history of Christianity. ... More


The poetics of succession, 1587–1605: the Stuart claim

Richard A. McCabe

in Doubtful and dangerous: The question of succession in late Elizabethan England

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719086069
eISBN:
9781781707883
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719086069.003.0010
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

This chapter analyses the ways in which James VI and his supporters used his authorial persona to advance his claims to the English throne at a time when open discussion of the succession was ... More


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