english lit_2166 - practical country girl Biddy Belief in Anglo-Saxon blood entered the English public school tradition in the Brown family solid yeoman

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practical country girl Biddy. Belief in Anglo-Saxon blood entered the English public school tradition in the Brown family, solid yeoman stock, in Thomas Hughes’ Tom Brown’s Schooldays (1857), a work that in turn shaped the outlook of the thousands of public school boys who went abroad as soldiers and civil servants to service the British Empire. Tractarian novelists with Roman Catholic (and so Norman) sympathies saw forthright Anglo-Saxon virtues ennobled by the chivalric ideals of the Norman invaders. In The Lances of Lynwood (1851) by the 19 Sir Walter Scott, 1830 ‘Introduction’ to Ivanhoe (1819). H

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