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Reading the Medieval in Early Modern England


David Matthews, Gordon McMullan, James Simpson, Deanne Williams, Larry Scanlon, Stephanie Trigg, Anke Bernau, Bernhard Klein, Jennifer Summit, Cathy Shrank, Sarah Beckwith, Patricia Badir, David Wallace
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  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521117401

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  • In English literary and historical studies the border between the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period, and hence between 'medieval' and 'early modern' studies, has become increasingly permeable. Written by an international group of medievalists and early modernists, the essays in this volume examine the ways in which medieval culture was read and reconstructed by writers, editors and scholars in early modern England. It also addresses the reciprocal process: the way in which early modern England, while apparently suppressing the medieval past, was in fact shaped and constructed by it, albeit in ways that early modern thinkers had an interest in suppressing. The book deals with this process as it is played out not only in literature but also in visual culture - for example in mapping - and in material culture - as in the physical destruction of the medieval past in the early modern English landscape.

    • Groups chapters under five coherent headings: Period, Text, Nation, Geography and Reformation
    • Written by an international team of specialists in their respective fields
    • Considers the survival of both medieval literature and culture in the early modern period
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    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521117401
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on contributors
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction: reading the medieval in early modern England David Matthews and Gordon McMullan
    Part I. Period:
    1. Diachronic history and the shortcomings of Medieval Studies James Simpson
    2. Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay and the rhetoric of temporality Deanne Williams
    Part II. Text:
    3. Langland, apocalypse and the early modern editor Larry Scanlon
    4. Public ambition, private desire and the last Tudor Chaucer David Matthews
    Part III. Nation:
    5. The vulgar history of the Order of the Garter Stephanie Trigg
    6. Myths of origin and the struggle over nationhood in medieval and early modern England Anke Bernau
    7. The colonisation of early Britain on the Jacobean stage Gordon McMullan
    Part IV. Geography:
    8. Tamburlaine, sacred space and the heritage of medieval cartography Bernhard Klein
    9. Leland's Itinerary and the remains of the medieval past Jennifer Summit
    Part V. Reformation:
    10. John Bale and reconfiguring the 'medieval' in Reformation England Cathy Shrank
    11. Medieval penance, Reformation repentance and Measure for Measure Sarah Beckwith
    12. Medieval poetics and Protestant Magdalenes Patricia Badir
    Afterword David Wallace
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  • Editors

    Gordon McMullan, King's College London
    Gordon McMullan is Reader in English at King's College London.

    David Matthews, University of Manchester
    David Matthews is Lecturer in Middle English Literature and Culture, School of Arts, Histories and Cultures at the University of Manchester.


    David Matthews, Gordon McMullan, James Simpson, Deanne Williams, Larry Scanlon, Stephanie Trigg, Anke Bernau, Bernhard Klein, Jennifer Summit, Cathy Shrank, Sarah Beckwith, Patricia Badir, David Wallace

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