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Malory's Contemporary Audience: The Social Reading of Romance in Late Medieval England
     

Malory's Contemporary Audience: The Social Reading of Romance in Late Medieval England

by Thomas H. Crofts
 
This book seeks to place Malory's Morte Darthur more firmly in its cultural and historical context. Its composition, in the mid to late fifteenth century, took place at a time of great upheaval for England, a period beginning with the loss of Bordeaux (and the Hundred Years War) and ending with the rise of Richard III. During this time the Morte was translated from

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This book seeks to place Malory's Morte Darthur more firmly in its cultural and historical context. Its composition, in the mid to late fifteenth century, took place at a time of great upheaval for England, a period beginning with the loss of Bordeaux (and the Hundred Years War) and ending with the rise of Richard III. During this time the Morte was translated from numerous French sources, copied by scribes, and, finally, in July 1485, printed by William Caxton. The author argues that in this unique production history are reflected the ideological crises which loomed so massively over England's ruling class in the fifteenth century; and that the book is in fact inseparable from these crises. THOMAS H. CROFTS is Assistant Professor of English at East Tennessee State University

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Croft's book is a stellar addition to Malory scholarship, at once erudite and insightful. MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE TEACHING A crucial resource for scholars and advanced students working on the full meaning of Malory's compendium as social and historical text. SPECULUM A provocative and well-written - though markedly eclectic - theoretical study which will challenge the reader to reconsider Caxton's edition, Malory's narrative, and cultural studies more generally. MEDIUM AEVUM Repays detailed reading for the many observations which similarly cause the reader to reassess previously held opinions. THE RICARDIAN, XVIII, 2008 Provocative and well written-though markedly eclectic-this new book will challenge the reader to reconsider Caxton's edition, Malory's narrative, and cultural studies more generally. YEAR'S WORK IN ENGLISH STUDIES

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843840855
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
07/17/2006
Series:
Arthurian Studies , #66
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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