Tudor Views of the Middle Ages
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Medieval Institute Publications
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Title Page, Copyright
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...would like to express my appreciation to the Medieval Institute for the 2004visiting Fellowship where I began work on this collection, and to Medieval Institute Publications for their support through the process of collecting and edit-ing the essays. My particular thanks go to david Matthews, who was a meticu-lous and insightful reader of the manuscript, who identified himself as the peer ...
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Introduction: The Body and the Book in Early Modern Readings of the Medieval English Past
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L ike Hollywood screenwriters who create movies based on television shows, comic books, and video games, writers in the premodern and early modern periods mined antecedent texts for narrative models. For medieval and Renais-sance authors, writing very frequently meant rewriting. Some adaptations and revisions obscure their own origins, but some openly reveal their intertextual affiliations. In the most explicitly bookish of the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer’s ...
The Resurrected Corpus: History and Reform in Bale’s Kynge Johan
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...ohn bale’s Kynge Johan is frequently recognized as the earliest extant play tostage a representation of an english king—in fact, of two english kings.1 Rec-ognized far less often is that the play is also one of the earliest to stage an eng-lish historian—in fact, two english historians. The first of these is the character veritas, who enters after the historical plot has concluded with John’s assassina-...
When Polemic Trumps Poetry: Buried Medieval Poem(s) in the Protestant Print I Playne Piers
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...he ways in which tudor Protestants appropriated Piers Plowman and turnedWilliam Langland’s work to their own purposes have increasingly gained scholarly interest in recent years. Piers has proven to be a remarkably adaptable character: first presented in the mid-fourteenth century by Langland as a primar-ily orthodox figure through which to criticize abuses within the church, he was ...
The Work of Robert Langland
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.... . . he’s the man we were in search of, that’s true; and yet he’s not the man we were in search of. For the man we were in search of was f medievalists recall Robert Langland at all, they probably remember him as amistake. Along with his neighbors John Malvern and William Langley, Robert Langland was one of the many possible candidates for authorship of Piers Plow-...
The Monkish Middle Ages: Periodization and Polemic in Foxe’s Acts and Monuments
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Perhaps no book published in the sixteenth century had a greater ilton’s Satan, journeying toward earth, alights on the outer sphere of the created universe, an empty place that will in time to come be known as the paradise of fools; in it will accumulate “all things vain and all who in vain things / built their fond hopes.”2 The description that follows catalogs not only ...
“That auntient authoritie”: Old English Laws in the Writings of William Lambarde
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...o one in tudor england knew more about Anglo-Saxon law than WilliamLambarde. He edited the Archaionomia,1 a facing-page edition of old english laws and Latin translations, and authored several other influential legal handbooks and histories; the first history of an english county, the Perambulation of Kent, also came from his pen. A quick survey of the Perambulation shows that even when ...
The Rebel Kiss: Jack Cade, Shakespeare, and the Chroniclers
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...n the summer of 1450 the rebel leader Jack Cade camped on blackheath anddemanded governmental reform. Chief among his rebels’ complaints were the regular extortions practiced by local and royal officials, a lack of free elections for knights of the shire, and the increasingly onerous labor laws that were felt to impinge on long-standing tenant rights. but their grievances also went beyond ...
At Hector’s Tomb: Fifteenth-Century Literary History and Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida
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...number of recent monographs have argued for the importance of the fifteenth century in the development of authorship, humanism, and the for-mation of the english literary book.1 These studies have complicated the easy division between medieval and early modern literary cultures. It remains diffi-cult, however, to point to discrete examples of the ways fifteenth-century writing ...
Owning the Middle Ages: History, Trauma, and English Identity
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...n the tudor period history was a hot commodity, and the history of the medi-eval past proved to be an especially valuable tool for asserting political legiti-macy. occasions calling for such assertion arose repeatedly throughout the tudor era, appearing with particular frequency during elizabeth I’s rule. The beginning of her reign and the succession crisis that marked its end were especially fraught ...
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Notes on Contributors
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Rebecca Brackmann is Assistant Professor of English at Lincoln Memorial University. She is the author of The Elizabethan Invention of Anglo-Saxon England. She has also published articles on topics such as Old English law, Anglo-Saxon poetry, and J. R. R. Tolkien. ...
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Back Matter, Back Cover
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Page Count: 244
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Studies in Medieval Culture