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Edwardian Encounters: Laurel Leaves and Swimming Pools

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Sprays of laurel and oak leaves surround the head of Edward VII, king and emperor, looking so wise and benign in this finely sculptured likeness created, not as one might expect by an artist from the British Empire, but by an Austrian, Emil Fuchs. Here at the highest level, and yet at the most mundane, is an emblem of nationhood, proclaiming a country that – superficially at least – sees itself as cultured, unshakably monarchist, and ultimately pacific. Continue reading

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Empire Online

Described as a ‘powerful and interactive collection of primary source documents, sourced from leading archives around the world’, Empire Online is certainly one of the leading online resources for anyone studying the British Empire from 1492 to the present day. Though the site covers a vast period, there are a host of documents relating to the Edwardian era, including images of the Boer War, articles on immigration, an Indian woman’s impressions of England in 1900, issues of ‘Girl’s Empire’, and Tales of Adventures from the Heart of Australia. The website also contains essays by leading scholars, an interactive map, and a detailed chronology. Well worth investigating!

Edwardian decay

‘Other people may see this country in other terms; this is how I have seen it. In some early chapter in this heap I compared all our present colour and abundance to October foliage before the frosts nip down the leaves. That I still feel was a good image. Perhaps I see wrongly. It may be I see decay all about me because I am, in a sense, decay. To others it may be a scene of achievement and construction radiant with hope. I too have a sort of hope, but it is a remote hope, a hope that finds no promise in this Empire or in any of the great things of our time. How they will look in history I do not know, how time and chance will prove them I cannot guess; that is how they have mirrored themselves on one contemporary mind’ (H.G.Wells, Tono-Bungay, 1909)

Ashgate and the Edwardians

Ashgate Publishing have just released their Literary Studies catalogue for 2012. This contains various books which may be of interest to Edwardian scholars, including Sally Dugan’s Baroness Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel: A Publishing History, Kristine Moruzi’s Constructing Girlhood through the Periodical Press, 1850-1915, Churnjeet Mahn’s British Women’s Travel to Greece, 1840-1914 , and Jane Bownas’s Thomas Hardy and Empire. Follow the links for more information on these titles.