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The Return to Camelot: Chivalry and the English Gentleman

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Preface
Survival & revival
Sir Walter Scott
The age of Abbotsford
The broad stone of honour
Radical chivalry
The Eglinton tournament
Victoria & Albert
Muscular chivalry
A mid-century miscellany
The public schools
The return of Arthur
Modern courtly love
Knights of the empire
Playing the game
Chivalry of the people
The chivalrous gentlemen
The great war
Notes to the Text
Ind
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 10th 1981 by Yale University Press (New Haven/London)
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Girouard set out to trace the resurgence of chivalry in England. The book starts out well, with a description of the most popular play of 1912, "Where the Rainbow Ends." In it, a collection of school children battle the Dragon King and their aunt and uncle, who are cruel and unpatriotic. With the help of St.George and a pet lion, they defeat the villains, and "audience and cast sing the National Anthem together." Girouard points out the chivalrous origin of various other ludicrous events of the ...more
Mary Catelli
Apr 30, 2014 Mary Catelli rated it it was amazing
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This book is about chivalry, but not as it was known in the Middle Ages, as it was revived in the Victorian era -- as an ethos rather than a military code -- in Great Britain.

It touches on Sir Walter Scott who revived interest in it despite his distaste -- he regarded the code of manners of his own day as immensely preferable -- and Kenelm Digby, whose Broad Stone of Honour was immensely popular and treated it as an ethos applicable to the modern day and indeed preferable to it, and whose disdai
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Feb 13, 2014 Erik Graff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Reception study fans
Recommended to Erik by: Stockton Birthisel
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This book was given me by a person I met at a local cafe. Both of us were studying philosophy in graduate school at the time, me at Loyola, he at DePaul, the ice being broken between us when I inquired about the book he was reading (Hegel...or was it Heidegger?) at the table beside me.

Stockton was an impressario in addition to being a student, sponsoring early music performers appearing in Chicago and recording their work. Indeed, he was into lots of things antique and most things English. Nowad
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Mark Girouard FSA (born 1931) is a British architectural writer, an authority on the country house, an architectural historian, and biographer of James Stirling.
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