The Church of the Abandoned Christ: David Peace's 'Red Riding Quartet' and the Wreck of the White Ship

Baker, J.H. 2015. The Church of the Abandoned Christ: David Peace's 'Red Riding Quartet' and the Wreck of the White Ship. The Nautilus. VI, pp. 7-31.

TitleThe Church of the Abandoned Christ: David Peace's 'Red Riding Quartet' and the Wreck of the White Ship
AuthorsBaker, J.H.
Abstract

David Peace’s novel Nineteen Seventy-seven concludes with the hack journalist Jack Whitehead being granted a terrifying apocalyptic vision, seconds before he is trepanned with a Phillips screwdriver by the sinister Reverend Martin Laws. Included in this vision is a curious reference to the wreck of the White Ship, a maritime disaster in 1120 that drowned William Atheling, heir to the English throne, and ultimately doomed England to years of civil war. This article explores Peace’s strange use of the shipwreck in his “Red Riding Quartet,” particularly the way he links it—in the quartet’s final volume, Nineteen Eighty Three—to a revisionist account of the aftermath of the crucifixion that leads a wounded Christ to a tragic death in the cold waters of the English Channel.

JournalThe Nautilus
Journal citationVI, pp. 7-31
Year2015
PublisherMassachusetts Maritime Academy
Publication dates
Published2015

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