The Beefeaters at the Tower of London, 1826-1914: Icons of Englishness or Britishness?

Ward, Paul (2017) The Beefeaters at the Tower of London, 1826-1914: Icons of Englishness or Britishness? In: Lloyd-Jones, Naomi and Scull, Margaret M. (eds). Four Nations Approaches to Modern 'British' History: A (Dis)United Kingdom? Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 161-188. ISBN 9781137601414

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Abstract

In the nineteenth century, a new icon was added to the British national gallery. The distinctive costume of the Yeomen Warders, known as Beefeaters, and their highly visible role at the Tower of London made them colourful symbols of the nation. This chapter examines nineteenth century as an epoch of crisis to which the monarchy responded by creating a narrative of historical continuity based on loyalty to the Crown and constitution. The Beefeaters at the Tower played an important part in this response. In the United Kingdom, made up of at least four nations, the Beefeaters needed to prove themselves to be national symbols able to cope with the complexities of being British.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Chapter 7
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: History
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2018 12:03
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/10448

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