The Image of Edward the Black Prince in Georgian and Victorian England

The Image of Edward the Black Prince in Georgian and Victorian England

Negotiating the Late Medieval Past

Barbara Gribling


Royal Historical Society



Studies the manifestations of Edward the Black Prince in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
During the Georgian and Victorian periods, the fourteenth-century hero Edward the Black Prince became an object of cultural fascination and celebration; he and his battles played an important part in a wider reimagining of the British as a martial people, reinforced by an interest in chivalric character and a burgeoning nationalism.
Drawing on a wealth of literature, histories, drama, art and material culture, this book explores the uses of Edward's image in debates about politics, character, war and empire, assessing the contradictory meanings ascribed to the late Middle Ages by groups ranging from royals to radicals. It makes a special claim for the importance of the fourteenth century as a time of heroic virtues, chivalric escapades, royal power and parliamentary development, adding to a growing literature on Georgian uses of the past by exposing an active royal and popular investment in the medieval. Disputing current assumptions that the Middle Ages represented a romanticized and unproblematic past, it shows how this investment was increasingly contested in the Victorian era.

Barbara Gribling is an Honorary Fellow in Modern British History at Durham University.


5 colour, 12 black and white illustrations
189 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Royal Historical Society Studies in History New Series
Hardback, 9780861933426, October 2017
eBook, 9781787440845, October 2017
Royal Historical Society
BISAC HIS037010, HIS037060, HIS037050
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Barbara Gribling
Royal associations: heroic character and chivalric ceremony at the court of George III - Barbara Gribling
Prince George reclaims the heroic? Transition, ambition and domesticity - Barbara Gribling
Chivalry and politics in Victoria's early reign: art, exhibitions and palace renditions - Barbara Gribling
Politics, parliament and the people's prince - Barbara Gribling
Emulating Edward? Redefining chivalry and character - Barbara Gribling
Warrior for nation and empire - Barbara Gribling
Conclusion - Barbara Gribling

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