The Paths of Virtue and Early English’: F. J. Furnivall and Victorian Medievalism

  • Peter Faulkner
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In 1893 William Morris published an edition of Robert Steele’s Medieval Lore at the Kelmscott Press. In his Preface he remarked on the changing attitudes to the Middle Ages in the nineteenth century. The early enthusiasts for the period had been ‘laudatores temporis acti’, looking back with nostalgia to a simpler world; by contrast:

at the present time those who take pleasure in studying the life of the Middle Ages are more commonly to be found in the ranks of those who are pledged to the forward movement of modern life; while those who are vainly striving to stem the progress of the world are as careless of the past as they are fearful of the future.1


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