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Creating Memory: Historical Fiction and the English Civil Wars

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This book considers the English Civil Wars and the civil wars in Scotland and Ireland through the lens of historical fiction--primarily fiction for the young. The text argues that the English Civil War lies at the heart of English and Irish political identities and considers how these identities have been shaped over the past three centuries in part by the children's liter This book considers the English Civil Wars and the civil wars in Scotland and Ireland through the lens of historical fiction--primarily fiction for the young. The text argues that the English Civil War lies at the heart of English and Irish political identities and considers how these identities have been shaped over the past three centuries in part by the children's literature that has influenced the popular memory of the English Civil War. Examining nearly two hundred works of historical fiction, Farah Mendlesohn reveals the delicate interplay between fiction and history.


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This book considers the English Civil Wars and the civil wars in Scotland and Ireland through the lens of historical fiction--primarily fiction for the young. The text argues that the English Civil War lies at the heart of English and Irish political identities and considers how these identities have been shaped over the past three centuries in part by the children's liter This book considers the English Civil Wars and the civil wars in Scotland and Ireland through the lens of historical fiction--primarily fiction for the young. The text argues that the English Civil War lies at the heart of English and Irish political identities and considers how these identities have been shaped over the past three centuries in part by the children's literature that has influenced the popular memory of the English Civil War. Examining nearly two hundred works of historical fiction, Farah Mendlesohn reveals the delicate interplay between fiction and history.

8 review for Creating Memory: Historical Fiction and the English Civil Wars

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Sussex

    Memory is contested, and as this insightful and elegant book shows, especially in the case of the English Civil Wars. It charts how those tumultuous time have been interpreted in fiction, ranging widely from Victorian era texts to fiction for children and young readers. Cavaliers and Roundheads have been heroes and villains, reinterpreted with successive eras' viewpoints and ideology. It functions as an acute reminder that some wars never stop being fought, particularly in memory. Recommended fo Memory is contested, and as this insightful and elegant book shows, especially in the case of the English Civil Wars. It charts how those tumultuous time have been interpreted in fiction, ranging widely from Victorian era texts to fiction for children and young readers. Cavaliers and Roundheads have been heroes and villains, reinterpreted with successive eras' viewpoints and ideology. It functions as an acute reminder that some wars never stop being fought, particularly in memory. Recommended for the history-minded and readers of historicals.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Unerman

    I found this a fascinating read. It provides a good overview of the issues at stake in the English Civil War, plus details of many years historical novels set in the period. It’s a great discussion of the relationship between fiction and popular history.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gaye Sinclair

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  8. 4 out of 5

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