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British Medievalism: A Subject Guide

Databases and Electronic Resources

The web-based resources in this section of the guide are well-suited for researchers who are interested in studying various aspects medieval revivalism. As a modern, post-industrial, cultural and aesthetic movement, medieval revivalism in England is a research topic that requires different tools and databases than those listed for medieval and early modern studies. Happily, resources for this period of history are easier to navigate and more plentiful, and, by the nineteenth century, modern English spellings are used consistently.

Carol M. Highsmith, photographer.[North Reading Room, west wall. Mural by Ezra Winter illustrating the characters in the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. Library of Congress John Adams Building, Washington, D.C.]. 2007. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.
Frederick H. Evans, photographer.Kelmscott Manor: In the tapestry room. [1897?]. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

Resources for Medieval Revivalism

Some things to keep in mind when researching aspects of medievalism rather than the Middle Ages:

  • Searchable newspaper databases are fantastic tools for quickly gathering information about cultural perceptions of people or events.
  • Publishing data is more reliable for the Victorian period, and a lot more of its material survives.
  • Historical documents for individuals and business are often easier to find for Victorian England than for medieval England.
  • Women and children have a different social roles in Victorian England than they do in pre-modern England.
  • The presence of women working in the industrial printing industry is easier to find than in pre-modern England.
  • Book collecting was different in Victorian England than pre-modern England.

The subscription resources below marked with a padlock are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.