Charlotte Yonge’s Victorian Normans in The Little Duke

  • Sarah R. Wakefield


Reflecting on the paucity of women writers in the Victorian medievalist craze, Florence Boos writes, “It may also be revealing that no Victorian woman novelist of greater stature than Charlotte Yonge was prepared to grant the dignity of idealization to ‘medieval’ fiction.”1 Male nineteenth-century writers certainly glorified the Middle Ages. As early as 1819, Sir Walter Scott popularized (and romanticized) the Middle Ages in Ivanhoe, and Tennyson’s reflections on Malory and Arthurian lore, Idylls of the King, influenced generations of poets. In contrast to these looming literati, Charlotte Mary Yonge indeed is a minor writer, best known today, if at all, for The Heir of Redclyffe (1853).


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