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

Synopsis

'Barczewski is most successful in historical contextualization, and in linking the legends with the broader issues of race, identity, and nationalism... strong treatment of the history of ideas... wide-ranging survey of national identity in nineteenth-century thought.' -Carolyne Larrington, TLSThis study examines the complex nature of nineteenth-century British national identity through the legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood, two very different national heroes. It examines a variety of issues, including the rise of Englishness over the course of the nineteenth century, race, gender and imperialism.