Medievalism, nationalism, colonialism: Introduction

Louise D'Arcens*, Andrew Lynch, Stephanie Trigg

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The hall-the great hall as it was properly termed [⋯] was not much unlike a church,-with a fireplace in it and all the pews turned out. There was a screen like a rood-screen at the lower end, dividing it from an outer vestibule; at the upper end the massive staircase [⋯] branched into galleries running down the sides. The windows were mullioned and filled with old glass, partly stained; the floor was of chequered stone; the roof a mass of oak beams, spreading fan-wise in all directions. From the latter-very high up and shadowed-hung banners, beautifully dilapidated. There were trophies of arms on the walls, genuinely mediaeval; rows upon rows of family portraits, with authentic dates to them, historic and notorious; heraldic insignia on every hand, indisputably testifying that the Desaillys were an ancient and a noble family. Altogether, there was a fine, solemn, feudal air about the place, calculated to awe a colonial person seeing it for the first time. (75-76).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Literary Studies
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


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