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Northern Memories and the English Middle Ages

By: Machan, Tim William

Part of the Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture series
1526145359 / 9781526145352
Published 01/06/2020
United Kingdom
138 x 216 mm 200 pages, 3 black & white illustrations
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This book provocatively argues that much of what English writers of the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries remembered about medieval English geography, history, religion and literature, they remembered by means of medieval and modern Scandinavia.

These memories, in turn, figured in something even broader.

Protestant and fundamentally monarchical, the Nordic countries constituted a politically kindred spirit in contrast with France, Italy and Spain.

Along with the so-called Celtic fringe and overseas colonies, Scandinavia became one of the external reference points for the forging of the United Kingdom.

Subject to the continual refashioning of memory, the region became at once an image of Britain's noble past and an affirmation of its current global status, rendering trips there rides on a time machine. -- .


1DBKE England, 1DN Northern Europe, Scandinavia, 2AB English, DSBB Literary studies: classical, early & medieval, DSBD Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, DSBF Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 , JFC Cultural studies

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