The Vikings and Victorian England (Townend)

The Vikings and Victorian England (Townend)


The Vikings and Victorian England: The Norse Medievalism of W.G. Collingwood and His Contemporaries
Matthew Townend
ISBN 9781873124499



    CWAAS, 2009

    180 x 250 mm, Hardcover



    Dustjacket: Small amount of wear to edges, but otherwise Very Good.

    Cover: Very Good.

    Inner: Very Good.




    Synopsis: In the nineteenth century the writers, artists and antiquarians of the Lake District began enthusiastically to study the literature and culture of the Vikings, and to trace many of the region’s distinctive features back to the Norse settlements. This enthusiasm for Lakeland’s Viking origins expressed itself in scholarship and fiction, in painting and sculpture, in saga-translations and travels to Iceland, and in many other forms; and this regional movement formed part of a wider national (and indeed international) interest in the Vikings and their literature, an interest fuelled variously by philology, politics, and historicism. The leading figure in the study of the Vikings in Lakeland was William Gershom Collingwood (1854-1932), and in terms of both scholarly and popular awareness the ‘Norse medievalism’ of Collingwood and his contemporaries still shapes the ways in which we view both the impact of the Vikings in England and the Lake District’s particular history and cultural inheritance.