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Conclusion

Elliot Kendall

in Lordship and Literature: John Gower and the Politics of the Great Household

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199542642
eISBN:
9780191715419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542642.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter brings together all the arguments presented in the book regarding the importance of the great household to late 14th-century England. It summarizes the political positions developed in ... More


Nature, Sex, and Goodness in a Medieval Literary Tradition

Hugh White

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187301
eISBN:
9780191674693
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187301.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

‘Nature’ is a highly important term in the ethical discourse of the Middle Ages and, as such, a leading concept in medieval literature. This book examines the moral status of the natural in writings ... More


Conclusion

Hugh White

in Nature, Sex, and Goodness in a Medieval Literary Tradition

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187301
eISBN:
9780191674693
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187301.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter suggests that the unsatisfactoriness of the natural for Chaucer and Gower was inevitable because they were much concerned with nature as promoter of sexual love; and in late medieval ... More


The Boundaries of the Human in Medieval English Literature

Dorothy Yamamoto

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198186748
eISBN:
9780191718564
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186748.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Animals and ‘wild men’ are everywhere in medieval culture, but their role in illuminating medieval constructions of humanity has never been properly explored. This book gathers together a large ... More


Lordship and Literature: John Gower and the Politics of the Great Household

Elliot Kendall

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199542642
eISBN:
9780191715419
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542642.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This book explores the importance of the great household to late 14th-century English culture and society. A sustained new reading of John Gower's major English poem, Confessio Amantis, shows how ... More


Introduction

Elliot Kendall

in Lordship and Literature: John Gower and the Politics of the Great Household

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199542642
eISBN:
9780191715419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542642.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter anticipates the broad argument of the book. It cites historians' recognition of the importance of the late medieval great household and aristocratic affinity, and proposes including ... More


The Political Economy in the Late Fourteenth Century

Elliot Kendall

in Lordship and Literature: John Gower and the Politics of the Great Household

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199542642
eISBN:
9780191715419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542642.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter discusses the development of the great household's politics during Gower's lifetime. As context for this discussion, it outlines tensions between centralization and uncentralized or ... More


Service Allegory: The Great Household in Genius's Confession

Elliot Kendall

in Lordship and Literature: John Gower and the Politics of the Great Household

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199542642
eISBN:
9780191715419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542642.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The language of the great household operates in Gower's Confessio Amantis in manifold areas, including the metaphorical discourse of the confessional frame narrative. This chapter argues that the ... More


The Familiar Enemy: Chaucer, Language, and Nation in the Hundred Years War

Ardis Butterfield

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199574865
eISBN:
9780191722127
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574865.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, European Literature

The Familiar Enemy re‐examines the linguistic, literary, and cultural identities of England and France within the context of the Hundred Years War. During this war, two highly ... More


Lingua franca: The International Language of Love

Ardis Butterfield

in The Familiar Enemy: Chaucer, Language, and Nation in the Hundred Years War

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199574865
eISBN:
9780191722127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574865.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, European Literature

This chapter develops the argument of Chapter 5 by comparing groups of ballades, written in both English, French and Anglo‐French, on the continent and on the island, specifically composed in the ... More


Introduction

Hugh White

in Nature, Sex, and Goodness in a Medieval Literary Tradition

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187301
eISBN:
9780191674693
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187301.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter begins by providing remarks that articulate a view of Nature as God' s agent which presides over a benign cosmic and moral order, an order to which human action ought to be conformed; ... More


Gower

Hugh White

in Nature, Sex, and Goodness in a Medieval Literary Tradition

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187301
eISBN:
9780191674693
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187301.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The significance of nature for Gower is apparent simply in the frequency with which he uses nature terms. This chapter deals mainly with Confessio Amantis, Gower's great English work. Most of this ... More


Chaucer

Hugh White

in Nature, Sex, and Goodness in a Medieval Literary Tradition

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187301
eISBN:
9780191674693
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187301.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Chaucer's understanding of the natural seems less centralized than Gower's, his writings more expressive of the range of possible meanings for nature and the natural available in the Middle Ages. ... More


The Poet as Petitioner *

J.A. Burrow

in Essays on Medieval Literature

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198111870
eISBN:
9780191670657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198111870.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

One of the more common forms of petition in the literature of the medieval period is the author's request for the reader's prayers. This chapter discusses some passages that are related to ... More


Socioliterary Practice in Late Medieval England

Helen Barr

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198112426
eISBN:
9780191707865
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112426.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This book bridges the disciplines of literature and history by examining various kinds of literary language as examples of social practice. Readings of both English and Latin texts from the late 14th ... More


Valentines

Ronald Hutton

in The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198205708
eISBN:
9780191676758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205708.003.0014
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, British and Irish Early Modern History

Two out of the three most celebrated fourteenth-century writers from England, Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower, mentioned the same popular belief: that the birds choose their mates upon the feast of ... More


Conclusion

DOROTHY YAMAMOTO

in The Boundaries of the Human in Medieval English Literature

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198186748
eISBN:
9780191718564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186748.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter reviews the various ways in which the shared bodiliness of humans and animals has been shown to haunt medieval texts and images. Further avenues for research are suggested, such as the ... More


Introduction

JOANNA SUMMERS

in Late-Medieval Prison Writing and the Politics of Autobiography

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199271290
eISBN:
9780191709586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271290.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This introductory chapter opens with a brief examination of the link between imprisonment and writing throughout history, before discussing the varying kinds of medieval imprisonment. It examines the ... More


Thomas Usk and The Testament of Love

JOANNA SUMMERS

in Late-Medieval Prison Writing and the Politics of Autobiography

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199271290
eISBN:
9780191709586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271290.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines Thomas Usk's imprisonment and its causes, and discusses how Usk's text, The Testament of Love, invites the reader to view the ‘I’ voice as the author's presented ... More


James I of Scotland and The Kingis Quair

JOANNA SUMMERS

in Late-Medieval Prison Writing and the Politics of Autobiography

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199271290
eISBN:
9780191709586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271290.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines the captivity of James I of Scotland, and discusses how the ‘I’ voice of The Kingis Quair may be read as James I's autobiographical identity. It examines how the identity James ... More


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