The Enlightenment was replaced by the 19th century. The century of the industrial revolution, incredible achievements of science and technology. The world is changing at a tremendous rate. Progress scares and knocks the ground out from under your feet. It is at this time that the need arises in society to gain a foothold, to put down roots, to grope its past in order to find support in it.
The Middle Ages will come to life for us, as it came to life, resurrected for William Morris, who built his own house like a medieval cottage.
English wallpaper, stained glass, furniture in his house – William literally surrounded himself with the Middle Ages.
He prints books in medieval type, decorated with vignettes, and revives hand-made textiles.