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TudorismHistorical Imagination and the Appropriation of the Sixteenth Century$
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Tatiana C. String and Marcus Bull

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264942

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264942.001.0001

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

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

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(p.13) 1 Revisiting the Olden Time: Popular Tudorism in the Time of Victoria
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Tudorism
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PETER MANDLER

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264942.003.0002

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

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