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University of Minnesota Press
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Chaucer’s England presents new interpretations of late fourteenth-century English society through a unique combination of historical inquiry and literary analysis.  Beginning with the turbulent reign of Richard I and Bolingbroke’s coup, the contributors look at organized crime, illiteracy, patronage, the influence Richard might have had personally over the remarkable literary production of the period, the concepts of gentility that shaped Chaucer’s own thinking, the pervasive influence of hunting on medieval literature, the role London played as the center of both the court and the literary world, and more.

Contributors to the volume include:

Caroline Barron, Royal Holloway and Bedford College

Michael Bennett, University of Tasmania

Lawrence Clopper, Indiana University

Susan Crane, Rutgers University

Richard Firth Green, University of Western Ontario

Barbara Hanawalt, University of Minnesota

Nicholas Orme, University of Exeter

Nigel Saul, Royal Holloway and Bedford College

Paul Strohm, Indiana University

David Wallace, University of Minnesota

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. About the Series, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. Barbara A. Hanawalt
  3. pp. xi-xxii
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  1. Part I. The Political Context
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. The Court of Richard II and the Promotion of Literature
  2. Michael J. Bennett
  3. pp. 3-20
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  1. 2. Saving the Appearances: Chaucer's Purse and the Fabrication of the Lancastrian Claim
  2. Paul Strohm
  3. pp. 21-40
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  1. 3. Chaucer and Gentility
  2. Nigel Saul
  3. pp. 41-56
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  1. Part II. London as a Literary Setting
  2. pp. 57-58
  1. 4. Chaucer and the Absent City
  2. David Wallace
  3. pp. 59-90
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  1. 5. William Langland: A London Poet
  2. Caroline M. Barron
  3. pp. 91-109
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  1. 6. Need Men and Women Labor? Langland's Wanderer and the Labor Ordinances
  2. Lawrence M. Clopper
  3. pp. 110-130
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  1. Part III. Literature of the Countryside
  2. pp. 131-132
  1. 7. Medieval Hunting: Fact and Fancy
  2. Nicholas Orme
  3. pp. 133-153
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  1. 8. Ballads and Bandits: Fourteenth-Century Outlaws and the Robin Hood Poems
  2. Barbara A. Hanawalt
  3. pp. 154-175
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  1. 9. John Ball's Letters: Literary History and Historical Literature
  2. Richard Firth Green
  3. pp. 176-200
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  1. 10. The Writing Lesson of 1381
  2. Susan Crane
  3. pp. 201-222
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 223-224
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 225-240
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