Kenelm Digby: The Broadstone of Honour; or Rules for the Gentlemen of England

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The Broad Stone of Honour, or Rules for the Gentlemen of England, by Kenelm Henry Digby (1800-1880), is an early expression of an influential movement in nineteenth-century England that encompassed a renewed interest in the Middle Ages, a revival of chivalry, and an opposition to what Digby and those who felt as he did believed to be the anti-religious, rationalistic, and Utilitarian spirit of the age. The Romanticism of the first two decades of the century, together with the novels of Sir Walter Scott, had helped to create an environment that was ripe for the spread of the feelings expressed in The Broad Stone of Honour, the first and second editions of which appeared (anonymously) in 1822 and 1823. By the 1840s …

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Citation:
Clausson, Nils. "The Broadstone of Honour; or Rules for the Gentlemen of England". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 May 2012
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