Revisiting the Olden Time: Popular Tudorism in the Time of Victoria


in Tudorism

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Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264942
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754111 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Revisiting the Olden Time: Popular Tudorism in the Time of Victoria

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This chapter revisits, in light of subsequent scholarship, some arguments about popular Victorian appropriations of Tudor history that were made by the author about a decade ago. It investigates the nineteenth-century cult of the ‘Olden Time’, which sought in English history a basis not only to sanction but to criticise the social and political arrangements of the present day, in order to provide a more genuinely national and socially inclusive basis for collective identity. To do this, it reached back in time to recapture and reintegrate stories about portions of the nation omitted or elided by the Whig interpretation, retaining Whiggism's progressive, forward motion but braiding in previously excluded strands.

Keywords: Victorian period; Tudor history; nineteenth-century; Olden Time; Whigs; collective identity; Whiggism; Tudorism

Chapter.  7787 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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