"Kennedy's original study of maintenance is a welcome addition to our understanding of the literature as well as social relations in later medieval England. Drawing on an impressive body of literary and historical sources, Kennedy casts old sources into a new light and gives some lesser known literary works a new importance. What is particularly admirable is her searching and subtle consideration of the myriad forms of dependence and social doubt that underlay the notions and practices of maintenance by law and service. She helps us to see the durability of social dependence as well as its historically specific weight as it bore down on women and men, the law as well as literature. Maintenance, Meed, and Marriage in Medieval English Literature will engage both students of literature and historians and should stimulate new lines of debate on the nature of medieval social practices and their associated legal frameworks." - David Gary Shaw, Professor of History, Wesleyan University
An exploration of the struggle for authors and other contemporary observers to describe and critique marriage through discussions of the developing notion of an impartial legal profession.
Meet the Author
Kathleen E. Kennedy is an Assistant Professor of English at Penn State-Brandywine. Her work studies the intersections between literature and law in medieval England and she has published articles in Yearbook of Langland Studies and The Chaucer Review.
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