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Reinventing Liberty: Nation, Commerce and the Historical Novel from Walpole to Scott

Fiona Price


Walter Scott is often regarded as the first historical novelist. Reinventing Liberty challenges this view by returning us to the rich range of historical novels written in the late eighteenth-century. It explores how these works participated in a contentious debate concerning the formulation of political change and British national identity and its response to political change. Ranging across well-known writers, like William Godwin, Horace Walpole and Frances Burney, to lesser-known figures, such as Cornelia Ellis Knight and Jane Porter, Reinventing Liberty reveals how history becomes a site t ... More

Keywords: Historical novel, Stadial history, Chivalry, National tale, Radicalism, Reform, ancient constitution, Empire, Scotland, Ireland

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474402965
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402965.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fiona Price, author