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Caledonian fatality in Thomas Percy’s Reliques

an entity whose identity belonged to the social and political elite. The Jacobite rebellion of 1745 in particular advanced a political supremacy which was inherently Scottish in a time when the idea of inherent Scottishness threatened an emerging stability in British statehood. By 1814, Walter Scott had produced the first historical novel in English – Waverley; or, ‘Tis Sixty Years Since – and in so doing had confirmed that the Jacobite threat was dead enough to become an appropriate vehicle for antiquarian fictions about Scotland. What happened in those sixty

in Suicide and the Gothic
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The Catholic other in Horace Walpole and Charles Maturin

against the Church establishment he asserts a Calvinism which is doctrinally closer to the ‘Brethren’ he affects to despise. One might characterize Maturin’s difficult position by saying that he was politically, socially and religiously at odds with both the Catholic and Non-Conformist communities in Dublin, while being disaffected from the Anglo-Irish elite who, on the whole, supported the Act of Union

in European Gothic