Chaucer and War

Overview

In Chaucer and War, John Pratt studies Chaucer's attitude toward the warfare of his age and how his major poetry reflects this attitude. Using biographical information, reliable fourteenth-century sources, and Chaucer's own writings, Pratt explores Chaucer's use of war through such works as the Knight's Tale, the Squire's Tale, and Troilus and Criseyde. Pratt gives an overview of the military picture during Chaucer's time, examines Chaucer's knowledge of military weapons and his use of this knowledge in his ...

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Overview

In Chaucer and War, John Pratt studies Chaucer's attitude toward the warfare of his age and how his major poetry reflects this attitude. Using biographical information, reliable fourteenth-century sources, and Chaucer's own writings, Pratt explores Chaucer's use of war through such works as the Knight's Tale, the Squire's Tale, and Troilus and Criseyde. Pratt gives an overview of the military picture during Chaucer's time, examines Chaucer's knowledge of military weapons and his use of this knowledge in his poetry, and evaluates the poetry based on references, word usage, and historical context among others. Pratt concludes that Chaucer, despite his English-Christian perspective, was a writer who knew a good deal about warfare on a global scale, and supported warfare when he felt the cause was just. A strikingly unique perspective from the current evaluations of Chaucer's work, Chaucer and War will be of value to students and scholars of Chaucer and medieval history and literature, as well as those with an interest in the Middle Ages.

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Editorial Reviews

MLR
Pratt's work is a valuable contribution to this ongoing controversy in Canterbury Tales criticism…
— John M. Hill, US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
Journal of Military History
Chaucerians, if not medieval historians, will find Pratt's treatment of the historical context of the Knight's portrait valuable in many ways.
Mlr - John M. Hill
Pratt's work is a valuable contribution to this ongoing controversy in Canterbury Tales criticism…
Journal Of Military History
Chaucerians, if not medieval historians, will find Pratt's treatment of the historical context of the Knight's portrait valuable in many ways.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761815884
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

John H. Pratt is a Professor of English at Centralia College in Centralia, WA.

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Table of Contents

chapter 1 The Military Milieu chapter 2 Chaucer and the Terminology of Warfare chapter 3 Chaucer and the Metaphors of War chapter 4 Warfare in Troilus and Criseyde chapter 5 Chaucer's Knight: Words and Meanings chapter 6 Chaucer's Knight: Military Record chapter 7 Chaucer's Knight and Just War Theory chapter 8 The Squire: A Military Record chapter 9 Warfare in the Knight's Tale chapter 10 Closure: The Poet Invented chapter 11 Endnotes chapter 12 Bibliography chapter 13 Index

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