'[A] treacherous allusion': Robert Southey, Agincourt and the Hundred Years War

Packer, Ian (2017) '[A] treacherous allusion': Robert Southey, Agincourt and the Hundred Years War. Literature & History, 26 (1). pp. 24-38. ISSN 0306-1973

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Abstract

The Battle of Agincourt (1415) has played a central role in celebrations of English national heroism. This article examines one of the most important challenges within English culture to the battle's status, Robert Southey's poem, Joan of Arc (1796). The essay analyses why the poem was written, how it set out to change national views about Agincourt but why, ultimately, even Southey came to accept he had failed. Southey was more successful in critiquing Agincourt through his best-selling work Wat Tyler (1794), which played a key role in creating an alternative, radical method of remembering the Hundred Years War.

Keywords:Southey, Agincourt, epic, radicalism, war
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V143 Modern History 1700-1799
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V144 Modern History 1800-1899
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V210 British History
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q321 English Literature by period
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
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Deposited On:15 Feb 2017 10:01

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