Georgiana Burne–Jones, Memorials.
This story, one of the many medieval period stories in The Oxford and Cambridge
Magazine, is by Edward Burne-Jones. As the title
indicates, the story is set in Northern Europe, and Burne-Jones builds in
references to Norse mythology, ultimately overcome by Christianity in the
story’s closing pages. The story is clearly influenced by Malory’s Morte
d’Arthur, which had captivated Burne-Jones and Morris the year before.
Georgiana Burne-Jones writes, “the book never can have been loved as
it was by those two men. With Edward it became literally a part of
himself” (Memorials 116).
Burne-Jones circulated this story among the other members of the Brotherhood,
as he had his earlier story, “The
Cousins”. It did not
receive as favorable reviews from his friends; Dixon found it “too
fierce (in style) for the matter; and more laboured than ‘The
Cousins’ ” (Memorials 125).
First printed in
The Oxford and Cambridge Magazine
, February, 1856.