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Paul Olson argues that Chaucer's narratives emerge from his deep concern about the crises of late fourteenth-century England and his vision of the renewal of that troubled society through the ideal of parlement, the various orders of society speaking together, and through a perfective religious discipline.

Originally published in 1987.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. Part I Chaucer, Social Theory, and Fourteenth-Century History
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Introduction: On Looking at the Meaning of Chaucer's Language
  2. pp. 3-18
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  1. 1. The General Prologue, the Three-Estate Theory, and the "Age and Body" of the Time
  2. pp. 19-46
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  1. Part II The Canterbury Tales on Temporal Lords: Tales of the Court and Country
  2. pp. 47-48
  1. 2. The Order of the Passion and Internal Order: The Tales of the Knight, the Miller, and the Reeve
  2. pp. 49-84
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  1. 3. The Lawyer's Tale and the History of Christian English Law
  2. pp. 85-103
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  1. 4. Chaucer on Temporal Power and Art: Thopas and Melibee.
  2. pp. 104-124
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  1. Part III The Canterbury Tales on the Spiritual Power
  2. pp. 125-126
  1. 5. Stratford's Nunnery, Sapience, and Monasticism's Critical Role
  2. pp. 127-159
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  1. 6. Monasticism's Royal Claim: Uthred, Wyclif, and the Realms Beyond Tragedy
  2. pp. 160-182
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  1. 7. The Hierarchy's Keys: Summoner and Pardoner and the Abuse of Love
  2. pp. 183-213
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  1. 8. Summoner Wrath on Friar Perfection: The Apostolate of Friar John and Lay Brother Thomas
  2. pp. 214-234
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  1. 9. The Sect of the Wife of Bath and the Quest for Perfection: The Wife, the Merchant, and the Franklin and their New Materialism
  2. pp. 235-275
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  1. 10. In Conclusion: The Parson's Tale and Reason's Reconstruction
  2. pp. 276-300
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  1. Appendix. A Note on the Relationship of Meaning and Historical Forms of Life
  2. pp. 301-302
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 303-323
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  1. Illustrations
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400858316
MARC Record
OCLC
889250661
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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