In this Book

Renaissance Retrospections
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The Middle Ages provided an important, if complex, set of literary and historiographic models for early modern authors, although the early modern authors responded to the alien political, religious, and cultural landscape of medieval England through their more present ideological concerns. From Shakespeare’s manipulation of his medieval source material to Protestant responses to medieval Catholicism, this collection of essays explores the ways that early modern English writers responded to the medieval English literary and historical record, dealing with topics such as historiographic bias, print history, intertextuality, and cultural history. The volume is an important participant in the ongoing reshaping of professional ideas about periodization and cultural identity.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: The Body and the Book in Early Modern Readings of the Medieval English Past
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. The Resurrected Corpus: History and Reform in Bale’s Kynge Johan
  2. pp. 16-36
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  1. When Polemic Trumps Poetry: Buried Medieval Poem(s) in the Protestant Print I Playne Piers
  2. pp. 37-69
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  1. The Work of Robert Langland
  2. pp. 70-92
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  1. The Monkish Middle Ages: Periodization and Polemic in Foxe’s Acts and Monuments
  2. pp. 93-110
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  1. “That auntient authoritie”: Old English Laws in the Writings of William Lambarde
  2. pp. 111-126
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  1. The Rebel Kiss: Jack Cade, Shakespeare, and the Chroniclers
  2. pp. 127-140
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  1. At Hector’s Tomb: Fifteenth-Century Literary History and Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida
  2. pp. 141-173
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  1. Owning the Middle Ages: History, Trauma, and English Identity
  2. pp. 174-198
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 199-216
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 217-218
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 219-234
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  1. Back Matter, Back Cover
  2. pp. 245-246
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