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Chaucer in Context

A Golden Age of English Poetry

Edited By Gerald Morgan

The study of the work of Geoffrey Chaucer – still regarded as a literary genius more than 600 years after his death – centres on the problems of detailed readings of his poetry (including in some cases the textual authority for these readings) and the historical context that gives them meaning. In some ways, the modern understanding of the shaping historical context was undermined in the second half of the twentieth century by the dogmatism of Robertsonian Augustinianism, as a basis for the interpretation of medieval literature in general and of Chaucer’s poetry in particular, and at the same time by the reactions of determined opposition provoked by this approach. Undeniably, medieval views often fail to coincide with modern ones and they are frequently uncomfortable for modern readers. Nevertheless, Chaucer’s brilliance as an observer of the human scene coexists with and irradiates these unfamiliar medieval ideas. The essays in this volume explore in detail the historical context of Chaucer’s poetry, in which orthodox Catholic ideas rather than revolutionary Wycliffite ones occupy the central position. At the same time, they offer detailed readings of his poetry and that of his famous contemporaries in an attempt to do justice to the independent and original work of these poetic masters, writing in the great royal households of England in the period 1360-1400.

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Index Abler, Thomas, 83–4 Ahasuerus, King, 193 Alban, St, 21 Aldburgh, William de, 95 Algeçiras, siege of (1342–1344), 184n7 Amazons, 160 Amtower, Laurel, 269–70 Andrew, Malcolm, 81n30 Anne of Bohemia, 193–4, 201, 202 Anselm, St: De casu diaboli, 232 Antichrist, 243n18 Aquinas, St Thomas, 6, 65, 265, 267 Summa theologiae, 219–20, 229, 232, 235 Argentine, Sir John de, 91 Aristotle, 183 Ethics, 68, 81n25 Arbroath, abbey of St Thomas the Martyr, 20 Armenia, 29 Arundel, Thomas, Archbishop of Canterbury, 26 Asbridge, Thomas, 95–6 Ascoli, Albert Russell, 277n17 Athanasian Creed, 57–8 Augustine, St, 6, 65, 72–3, 81n23, 82nn33,39, 252, 291 De sermone Domini in monte, 76, 77 Baranski, Zygmunt, 262–3, 276n11 Barolini, Teodolinda, 264 Barth, Medard, 30 Bateson, Hartley, 82n33 Beadle, Richard, 11 Beauchamp, Sir John, 144 Beauchamp, Thomas, Earl of Warwick, 144–5 Becket, Mary, 21 Becket, Thomas, 20–1, 27–30, 32n9 cult of, 17–30, 41n95 Benedict of Canterbury/Peterborough, 17–18, 21, 27–8 Miracula, 23 Benedictines, 6, 43, 44–58 Benson, Larry D. See Riverside Chaucer Bergen, 23 Berkeley, Sir Maurice, 91 Berkhamsted, Herts., 91 Bernard, St, 81n30 Black Death, 38n68 Blake, N.F., 111 Blick, Sarah, 37n52 Boccaccio: Decameron, 200 Filocolo, 200 Il Filostrato, 204, 284–7, 292n2 Teseida, 4, 154, 159, 160, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 172–3, 174, 175, 179, 181, 185nn10,12, 195, 201, 203, 210, 213; Adrastrus, 156, 185n8, 186n18; Amphiaraus, 156, 185n8; Capaneus, 156, 185n8; Creon,...

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