Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 August 2007

256 Pages | 21 Illustrations, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719073564

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Englands darling

The Victorian cult of Alfred the Great

Joanne Parker

Published by Manchester University Press

  • There are many books published about King Arthur in the C19th, but none about Alfred
  • Yet for much of the period Alfred was as important as Arthur in the British popular imagination In the wake of Scottish and Welsh devolution, questions about English and British national identities have been prominent in the media
  • Since Alfred was crucial to debates about national identity in the C19th, the book relates to this contemporary interest The book contains reproductions of several works of art not published since the C19th - including a sketch of Alfred by William Morris
  • It also places C19th paintings of Alfred in new and wider contexts, so is of real value to historians of C19th fine art The book discusses Alfredian literature by well-known authors such as Charles Dickens, William Wordsworth and Thomas Hughes, and so casts a new light on those writers
  • Alongside this, however, it also examines the work of authors who have never before received critical attention, and so claims a place for those figures in modern Victorian Studies