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Clerical Discourse and Lay Audience in Late Medieval England
     

Clerical Discourse and Lay Audience in Late Medieval England

by Fiona Somerset
 

This book investigates how late medieval English writers who translated specialized academic knowledge from Latin into English often projected unprecedented sorts of lay audiences for their writing, and worried about the potential results of making the information they presented more widely available. The well-known concerns with clerical corruption and lay

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This book investigates how late medieval English writers who translated specialized academic knowledge from Latin into English often projected unprecedented sorts of lay audiences for their writing, and worried about the potential results of making the information they presented more widely available. The well-known concerns with clerical corruption and lay education of authors such as Langland, Trevisa, and Wyclif are linked to those of more obscure writers in both Latin and English, some only recently edited, or only extant in manuscript.

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"Somerset's book provides the tools to push vernacularity studies...to a higher level, to the kind of serious scholarship the topic still needs." Speculum

"Somerset's conclusion [comes] after thoroughly sifting [many] documents" Lawrence V Ryan, Albion

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521621540
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/05/1998
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature Series , #37
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

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