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By Elliot Kendall

A ground-breaking method of the politics of overdue medieval texts, Lordship and Literature investigates the significance of the good family to past due fourteenth-century English tradition and society. A sustained new examining of John Gower's significant English poem, Confessio Amantis, exhibits how deeply the good loved ones expert the way in which Gower and his contemporaries imagined their global. Exploring royal govt and gentry objectives, this completely interdisciplinary publication perspectives the period's politics and literature when it comes to a household-based financial system of energy.

the nice family rode enormous political shockwaves within the overdue fourteenth century, whilst royal aggrandizement and monetary hindrance within the wake of the Black loss of life challenged dominant modes of aristocratic energy. Lordship and Literature examines responses to those demanding situations, analysing texts together with the attraction of the cruel Parliament, mind's eye of lordly strength via Chaucer, Gower, and Clanvowe, and parliamentary controversy over livery and justice. The economics of power-described via thinkers reminiscent of Pierre Bourdieu and Marcel Mauss-spans Ricardian political and literary tradition, informing elite politics and love allegory alike. Competing types of loved ones politics, and their literary strength, are published right here in wide-ranging interpretations of alternate (of ladies, hospitality, livery, loyalty, retribution) in Gower's advanced and influential poem. Lordship and Literature locates Confessio Amantis firmly in its old second, arguing that the poem belongs to a strong but embattled aristocratic politics.

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