The Australian Popular Medievalism project was established in 2009 to gauge the extent and importance of medieval images and ideas in Australian popular fiction. Recent work in the field of Australian medievalism has not yet investigated Australian popular fiction closely. This research project demonstrates how strongly Australian popular fiction engages with the medieval.
This dataset began life as a thought that if, over the last 15 years, 250 or so literary novels had been published that featured contemporary New York City as a setting, it would have attracted critical attention (one might argue that even 25 such novels would have done so). What this dataset exposes is more than 250 popular novels that feature Europe in the Middle Ages: either as an actual setting, or as a source for adapting images and ideas. In fact, recent Australian popular fiction offers perhaps the most sustained engagement with the Middle Ages in Australian literature, and certainly in Australian popular culture.