By Corinne Saunders
This concise significant other presents a succinct creation to Chaucer’s significant works, the contexts during which he wrote, and to medieval suggestion extra in general. Opens with a normal introductory part discussing London lifestyles and politics, books and authority, manuscripts and readers. next sections specialise in Chaucer’s significant works – the dream visions, Troilus and Criseyde and The Canterbury stories. Essays spotlight the foremost spiritual, political and highbrow contexts for every significant paintings. additionally covers very important normal themes, together with: medieval literary genres; dream idea; the Church; gender and sexuality; and interpreting Chaucer aloud. Designed in order that each one contextual essay will be learn along considered one of Chaucer’s significant works.
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But there are important historical gaps in our knowledge. We lack any physical evidence of the original circulating forms of these early works that would give us a clearer understanding of who was reading them in Chaucer’s lifetime and what their views on his poems might have been. The earliest surviving manuscript of the Book of the Duchess dates from more than seventy years after its postulated date of composition. For the House of Fame the gap is more than sixty years. For the Parliament, the Legend of Good Women and Troilus and Criseyde it is between thirty and forty years (information on the manuscripts and their dating is available in Benson 1987).
F 186–90), makes clear the playful, courtly context of such humiliation. Social pain nonetheless leads to poetic gain and promises tangible benefit in both the material and literary senses. Some of Chaucer’s other poems similarly hint at a complex social connection between poet and milieu. His earliest major work, the Book of the Duchess, seems to have been composed at the prompting of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster and eldest son of Edward III, to create some form of memorial for his dead wife, Blanche, Duchess of Lancaster (d.
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