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p. 657. The sixtieslocked

  • Nick Groom


Between the 17th and 18th centuries, the Gothic developed into three main strands: a political strand with Whiggist tendencies; a mediaeval strand in terms of manners and national identity; and a cultural strand that saw decay, nostalgia, melancholy, mortality, and death as being connected to the ancient Northern past. The notion of the Gothic was permeating into almost every aspect of social and cultural life. In the 1760s, the Gothic synthesized these separate elements into new forms. ‘The sixties’ shows how by this time, the Gothic described the Middle Ages, Elizabethan romance, Germanic tribes, the English constitution, mediaeval architecture, ancient Norse poetry, old English ballads, Arthurian romance, and Shakespeare.

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