Chaucers Legendary Good Women: CHAUCERS LEGENDARY GOOD WOMEN by Florence PercivalChaucers Legendary Good Women: CHAUCERS LEGENDARY GOOD WOMEN by Florence Percival

Chaucers Legendary Good Women: CHAUCERS LEGENDARY GOOD WOMEN

byFlorence PercivalEditorAlastair Minnis, Patrick Boyde

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Chaucer's Legend of Good Women is a testament to the disparate views of women prevalent in the Middle Ages. Dr. Percival contends that the complex medieval notion of Woman informs the structure of the poem: in the Prologue Chaucer praises conventional ideas of female virtue, while in the Legends he demonstrates a humorous skepticism, apparently influenced by a contemporary antifeminist tradition. This is a comprehensive account of the Legend's interpretative puzzles, which does not ignore the element of political writing and adds to a close and nuanced reading of the text an examination of literary, historical and social contexts.

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Title:Chaucers Legendary Good Women: CHAUCERS LEGENDARY GOOD WOMENFormat:PaperbackDimensions:356 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:October 6, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521020824

ISBN - 13:9780521020824

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Chaucer's Good Woman: 1. The good woman: the daisy; 2. Alceste: the good woman of legend; 3. The good woman: a legendary beast? Part II. The God of Love: 4. The God of love; 5. The accusation; 6. The defence: tyrants of Lombardy; 7. The defence: Matere and Entente; Part III. The Palinode: The Legends of a Good Woman: 8. Ariadne: the ladies and the critics; 9. Medea: the ladies and their reputations; 10. Cleopatra: legend of Cupid's saint; 11. Dido: composite woman; 12. Lucrece: too good to be true? 13. Phyllis and inherited male perfidy; Part IV. The Legend as Courtly Game: Epilogue.

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"Percival grounds her argument in an analysis of an impressive array of literatures and genres of the period, including marguerite poetry, palinodes, courtly debates, anti-feminist tracts, and political writing, as well as Chaucer's classical sources." Rebecca L. Schoff