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The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Law and Literature

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Stefan Jurasinski, Gwilym Dodd, Peter D. Clarke, Paul Raffield, Anthony Musson, Don C. Skemer, Neil Cartlidge, Wendy Scase, Andy Galloway, Emily Steiner, Candace Barrington, R. F. Yeager, Fiona Somerset, Sebastian Sobecki, Corinne Saunders, Emma Lipton
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  • Publication planned for: September 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316632345

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  • Despite an unprecedented level of interest in the interaction between law and literature over the past two decades, readers have had no accessible introduction to this rich engagement in medieval and early Tudor England. The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Law and Literature addresses this need by combining an authoritative guide through the bewildering maze of medieval law with concise examples illustrating how the law infiltrated literary texts during this period. Foundational chapters written by leading specialists in legal history prepare readers to be guided by noted literary scholars through unexpected conversations with the law found in numerous medieval texts, including major works by Chaucer, Langland, Gower, and Malory. Part I contains detailed introductions to legal concepts, practices and institutions in medieval England, and Part II covers medieval texts and authors whose verse and prose can be understood as engaging with the law.

    • Illuminates the connections between law and literature in late-medieval England, and recognizes the open-ended routes Middle English literary texts make through that legal world
    • Includes analysis of the language of canon, civil, statutory and common law
    • Explores the legal aspects of the work of major authors of the period, as well as the social and political contexts of the writing
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    • Publication planned for: September 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316632345
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Legal Contexts:
    1. English law before the conquest Stefan Jurasinski
    2. Languages and law in late medieval England: English, French and Latin Gwilym Dodd
    3. Canon and civil law Peter D. Clarke
    4. Custom and common law Paul Raffield
    5. Magna Carta and statutory law Anthony Musson
    6. Treatises, tracts, and compilations Don C. Skemer
    Part II. Literary Texts:
    7. Treason Neil Cartlidge
    8. Complaint literature Wendy Scase
    9. Political literature and political law Andy Galloway
    10. William Langland Emily Steiner
    11. Geoffrey Chaucer Candace Barrington
    12. John Gower R. F. Yeager
    13. Lollards and religious writings Fiona Somerset
    14. Lancastrian literature Sebastian Sobecki
    15. Middle English romance and Malory's Le Morte Darthur Corinne Saunders
    16. Marriage and the legal culture of witnessing Emma Lipton.

  • Editors

    Candace Barrington, Central Connecticut State University
    Candace Barrington is a Professor in the English Department of Central Connecticut State University. She has written multiple articles for journals and edited volumes and is the co-editor of The Letter of the Law: Legal Practice and Literary Production in Medieval England (with Emily Steiner, 2002).

    Sebastian Sobecki, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands
    Sebastian Sobecki is Professor of Medieval English Literature at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands. He is the author of The Sea and Medieval English Literature (2007) and Unwritten Verities: The Making of England's Vernacular Legal Culture, 1463–1549 (2015).

    Contributors

    Stefan Jurasinski, Gwilym Dodd, Peter D. Clarke, Paul Raffield, Anthony Musson, Don C. Skemer, Neil Cartlidge, Wendy Scase, Andy Galloway, Emily Steiner, Candace Barrington, R. F. Yeager, Fiona Somerset, Sebastian Sobecki, Corinne Saunders, Emma Lipton

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