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From the Publisher"A thoughtful interdisciplinary study, Breen's work constitutes a valuable addition to the field of vernacular studies in the Middle Ages. Her close attention to the Latin, Anglo-Norman and evolving Middle English of her sources makes her arguments convincing, even if further investigation will be needed to reveal the more localized effects of the evolution of habitus in the medieval English imagination."
Mary C. Flannery, Times Literary Supplement
"The pieces of her puzzle, when assembled, produce an innovative and compelling literary history that will surely influence any scholar working on medieval vernacular writers."
Denise L. Despres, University of Puget Sound
"… an excellent book. Deeply considered and extensively researched, it illuminates Piers Plowman and Chaucer’s Treatise in new ways by locating them within a complex understanding of the use of the vernacular in late fourteenth-century England."
Stephanie Hollis, Parergon: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
"Katharine Breen's book presents a bold and provocative re-envisioning of what it meant to write in the vernacular in late medieval England. This study thus encourages us to re-imagine what lay behind the great flourishing of vernacular literary culture in the late fourteenth century … [The book] presents complex ideas clearly, and I found it to be well argued. I am confident that it will offer a significant contribution to our understanding of late medieval English literary culture and the place of the vernacular therein. Breen's book raises more questions than it answers - the sign of a provocative study, for sure … It is a testament to this stimulating study that, by exploring the issue of vernacularity within the discourse of habitus, Breen has framed a question that can be explored in many new and potentially invigorating directions."
Michael Johnston, Medium Aevum