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For over a hundred years Anglo-Saxon attitudes have been a reproachful cry of those who perceived themselves downtrodden (and in some cases were) by a confident triumphalist culture emanating from Britain. Like most resilient cultures, the "Anglo-Saxons" turned all criticisms to humour. (Compare also the Quakers' embrace of the term "Quaker".)
- "All this was lost on Alice, who was still looking intently along the road, shading her eyes with one hand. 'I see somebody now!' she exclaimed at last. 'But he's coming very slowly—and what curious attitudes he goes into!'
- (For the Messenger kept skipping up and down, and wriggling like an eel, as he came along, with his great hands spread out like fans on each side.)
- 'Not at all,' said the King. 'He's an Anglo-Saxon Messenger—and those are Anglo-Saxon attitudes.'"
The cliché remains lively: Angus Wilson's satiric novel, Anglo-Saxon Attitudes was published in 1956. In it, a grotesque idol discovered in Bishop Eorpwald's tomb has scandalized, mystified and inspired a whole generation of scholars. As a young man Gerald Middleton was involved with the dig. Now an eminent historian, he is privately haunted by a sense of failure, both as a man and as a scholar. The novel was turned into a made-for-TV movie in 1991.
When John Maddocks reviewed Carleton S. Coon's The Origin of Races for the first issue of New York Review of Books in February 1963, the header was "Anglo-Saxon attitudes". And when a new museum was opened at Canterbury in Kent, on the site of St. Augustine's abbey, History Today headed its report, "Anglo-Saxon attitudes".
Anglo-Saxon Attitudes was a historical conference "in pursuit of the English" to define the evolution of this cultural self-image. It was held at the University of Salford, on July 9–11, 1999.
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