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A-level English - The Gothic Novel: Background - Goths

A guide to resources on the Gothic novel; the origins, indicators, authors and books, compiled by your librarians.

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The Goths

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The Goths were nomadic tribes (Visigoths / Ostrogoths) who migrated from the Baltic Sea area in Northern Europe to the Black Sea during the 2nd century A.D - the time of the Roman Empire. Find out more by clicking above image....

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The Goths rise to power

The Goths rose to power during the 5th century AD  when they were attributed with bringing the downfall of the Roman Empire and this alone meant that they were looked upon as destroyers of classical culture by people in later times so in the Renaissance critics applied the terms negatively to mean barbaric.....

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