Parliament and Literature in Late Medieval England by Matthew GiancarloParliament and Literature in Late Medieval England by Matthew Giancarlo

Parliament and Literature in Late Medieval England

byMatthew Giancarlo

Paperback | June 24, 2010

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Parliament and Literature in Late Medieval England investigates the relationship between the development of parliament and the practice of English poetry in the later fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries. During this period, the bureaucratic political culture of parliamentarians, clerks, and scribes overlapped with the artistic practice of major poets like Chaucer, Gower, and Langland, all of whom had strong ties to parliament. Matthew Giancarlo investigates these poets together in the specific context of parliamentary events and controversies, as well as in the broader environment of changing constitutional ideas. Two chapters provide fresh analyses of the parliamentary ideologies that developed from the thirteenth century onward, and four chapters investigate the parliamentary aspects of each poet, as well as the later Lancastrian imitators of Langland. This study demonstrates the importance of the changing parliamentary environs of late medieval England and their centrality to the early growth of English narrative and lyric forms.
Title:Parliament and Literature in Late Medieval EnglandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:June 24, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521147727

ISBN - 13:9780521147729

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations and textual notes; Introduction; 1. Parliament and voice in the thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries; 2. Parliament, criticism, and complaint in the later fourteenth century; 3. Property, purchase, parliament: the estates of man in John Gower's Mirour de l'Omme and Cronica Tripertita; 4. 'Oure is the voys': Chaucer's parliaments and the mediation of community; 5. Parliament, Piers Plowman and the reform of the public voice; 6. Petitioning for show: complaint and the parliamentary voice, 1401-14; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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"Matthew Giancarlo has written a splendid and important book on parliament and literature in late medieval England. While the book will prove to be mandatory reading for scholars of late medieval English literature, the title might understate the significance of this work for historians of the period. Giancarlo's approach to his subject is truly interdisciplinary, and he is as well-versed in the history of the period as he is in the poetry. Moreover, this book clearly demonstrates that such an interdisciplinary approach is the best way to understand the development of medieval parliament, and Giancarlo has provided a model that will rekindle interest in the history of the institution... It is precisely the enticing nature of Giancarlo's analysis here and elsewhere that makes this book at once a readable and admirably complex treatment of the intertwined development of parliament and English literature." -Clementine Oliver, California State University-Northridge, Medievalia et Humanistica