The return to Camelot. Chivalry and the English gentleman.
New Haven and London, Yale University Press 1981.
Price: £24 [convert currency]
4to. 312pp, 31 colour plates, 179 photo ills. Publisher’s cloth. Gavin Stamp’s copy.
A fascinating exploration of the concept of chivalry in British upper-class society between the end of the eighteenth century and 1914, tracing the theme from the novels of Sir Walter Scott, via Kenelm Digby’s The Broad Stone of Honour, and the Eglinton Tournament, to muscular Christianity, public school sport, the Boy Scout movement and patriotic fervour in 1914 itself.