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By Devon Fisher

delivering readings of nineteenth-century trip narratives, works via Tractarians, the early writings of Charles Kingsley, and the poetry of Alfred Tennyson, Devon Fisher examines representations of Roman Catholic saints in Victorian literature to evaluate either the connection among conservative inspiration and liberalism and the emergence of secular tradition in the course of the interval. The run-up to Victoria's coronation witnessed a sequence of debatable liberal reforms. whereas many early Victorians thought of the repeal of the try and company Acts (1828), the granting of civil rights to Roman Catholics (1829), and the extension of the franchise (1832) major advances, for others those 3 acts signaled a shift in English tradition through which authority in concerns non secular and political was once more and more ceded to contributors. Victorians from a number of non secular views appropriated the lives of Roman Catholic saints to create narratives of English id that resisted the hot cultural shift in the direction of deepest judgment. mockingly, conservative Victorians' dealing with of the saints and the saints' lives of their sheer sort represented an statement of person authority that eventually ended in a synthesis of liberalism and conservatism and was once a key characteristic of an emergent secular nation characterised now not by means of disbelief yet by way of quite a number attainable beliefs.

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