The Vikings and the Victorians: Inventing the Old North in Nineteenth-Century Britain
by Andrew Wawn
This is the first book-length treatment of the Victorians' fascination with the old north. It explores the ways in which the terms 'Viking' and 'Viking Age', both unknown in 1800, were invented, explored and popularised during the nineteenth century. The material examined - published and unpublished - includes novels, poems, plays, lectures, reviews, secondary school textb...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 25th 2000 by Boydell & Brewer
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Really excellent, ground-breaking work. Andrew Wawn has built an extremely solid, comprehensive and well-researched platform in this field which was previously somewhat ignored. The Vikings and the Victorians is indispensable for anyone interested in the 19th century's relationship with the Old North.