By Corinne Saunders
This concise significant other offers a succinct advent to Chaucer’s significant works, the contexts during which he wrote, and to medieval proposal extra more often than not. Opens with a basic introductory part discussing London lifestyles and politics, books and authority, manuscripts and readers. next sections specialize in Chaucer’s significant works – the dream visions, Troilus and Criseyde and The Canterbury stories. Essays spotlight the most important non secular, political and highbrow contexts for every significant paintings. additionally covers very important basic issues, together with: medieval literary genres; dream conception; the Church; gender and sexuality; and interpreting Chaucer aloud. Designed in order that each one contextual essay could be learn along certainly one of Chaucer’s significant works.
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References and Further Reading Barron, Caroline M. (1971). ‘The Quarrel of Richard II with London 1392–7’. In F. R. H. Du Boulay and Caroline M. Barron (eds), The Reign of Richard II: Essays in Honour of May McKisack. London: Athlone, pp. 173–201. Barron, Caroline M. (2004). London in the Later Middle Ages: Government and People 1200–1500. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Bird, Ruth (1949). The Turbulent London of Richard II. London: Longmans, Green. Braswell, Mary Flowers (2001). Chaucer’s ‘Legal Fiction’: Reading the Records.
Marked variations in some of the manuscripts of Troilus suggest that it was modified over time by the serial insertion of ‘blocks’ of text that heightened the Boethian implications of the narrative. The addition of such philosophical material is so systematic in those manuscripts in which it occurs as to suggest a programme of authorial revision (Windeatt 1979). The most extreme example of this apparent revision to produce different ‘states’ of the text is the Prologue to the Legend of Good Women, which survives in two forms.
St Paul’s was the greatest church in the walled city – in other contemporary poems such as St Erkenwald it functions as a kind of symbol of London – and so this reference firmly locates the Man of Law in an urban context. Chaucer shows off his familiarity with legal discourse in this portrait as the description is dripping with legal language: ‘By patente and by pleyn commissioun’, ‘fee symple’, ‘statut’, ‘assise’. The Man of Law is a lawyer of lawyers – he knows all the cases and judicial decisions from 1066 to the present day, and knows every statute by heart.
A Concise Companion to Chaucer (Concise Companions to Literature and Culture) by Corinne Saunders