Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents, Figures, Acknowledgments, Abbreviations, Maps

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pp. vii-xviii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-23

For centuries, the county of Cheshire was the northern bulwark of the Welsh Marches, one of England’s key border zones. As such, it offers an ideal opportunity for a revisionary critique of pre- and early modern English national identity from the vantage point of an explicitly regional literature. The provincial texts under review ...

Part I Chester the City

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Chapter One From Cloister to Corporation

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pp. 27-58

Three moments in time and a single point in space mark the ideological transformation of urban topography in medieval and early modern Chester. Each of these moments focuses on Chester’s city center, the space formed by the intersection of Chester’s ancient Roman streets. Attempting to appropriate the culturally advantageous centrality of this crossroads, all three moments ...

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Chapter Two Grounds of Grace

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pp. 59-95

Three moments in time and a single point in space mark the ideological transformation of urban topography in medieval and early modern Chester. Each of these moments focuses on Chester’s city center, the space formed by the intersection of Chester’s ancient Roman streets. Attempting to appropriate the culturally advantageous centrality of this crossroads, all three moments place ...

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Chapter Three Chester’s Triumph

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pp. 96-129

On 23 April 1610, st. george’s Day.sc, the city.sc of Chester put on a show (subsequently titled Chester’s Triumph in Honor of Her Prince for pamphlet publication).1 the occasion marked two inaugurations: the running of the first st. george’s Day race in Chester as well as Henry Frederick stuart’s upcoming creation as Prince of Wales and Earl of ...

Cheshire the County

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Chapter Four Heraldic Devices/Chivalric Divisions

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pp. 133-170

Of all the texts addressed in this book, none is more firmly linked in modern scholarship to Cheshire and to regional identity than the late fourteenth-century romance Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (SGGK). Studies of the poem’s dialect have traditionally concerned themselves ....

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Chapter Five Two Shires against All England

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pp. 171-225

The year 1485 was a banner one for Henry Tudor, second Earl of Richmond, with his 22 August victory over Richard III at Bosworth Field leading directly to his 30 October coronation as Henry VII. The year was also good to another English aristocrat: Thomas Stanley, the second Lord Stanley. A master of “the tactics of fence-sitting,” Stanley earned a share of Henry’s triumph without apparently ...

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Epilogue

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pp. 207-222

The Stanley texts are not the only Cheshire-area works with a popular presence in the twenty-first century. Moreover, many of these modern versions maintain a distinctly regional identity, even when presented to national and international audiences. Writing ...

Notes

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pp. 223-278

Bibliography

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pp. 279-295

Index

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pp. 296-306