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The image of England in Victorian and Edwardian juvenile fiction

, the real existence of his characters, and his adherence to Froissart and Stowe, whom he found ‘magnetic’ reading. He even undertook to tell his story in a language which would give some flavour of Middle English, but the result was as ineluctably Victorian, in its models for heroism and its reading of history, as Edgar’s tales. These earnest practitioners created a model for boys’ fiction which was

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to Oxford colleges; meanwhile from Auckland the lecturer in Old and Middle English, Philip Sydney Ardern, sent first Kenneth Sisam and then a succession of New Zealanders to Oxford, with each generation extending to the next what Douglas Gray called ‘helping hands along the way’. 7 This flow of colonial students into British universities was sufficiently significant for the Irish

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