Premodern Places: Calais to Surinam, Chaucer to Aphra Behn / Edition 1

Premodern Places: Calais to Surinam, Chaucer to Aphra Behn / Edition 1

by David Wallace
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405113936

ISBN-13: 9781405113939

Pub. Date: 08/23/2004

Publisher: Wiley

This book recovers places appearing in the mental mapping of medieval and Renaissance writers, from Chaucer to Aphra Behn.

  • A highly original work, which recovers the places that figure powerfully in premodern imagining.
  • Recreates places that appear in the works of Langland, Chaucer, Dante, Petrarch, Spenser, Shakespeare, Aphra Behn, and many others.

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Overview

This book recovers places appearing in the mental mapping of medieval and Renaissance writers, from Chaucer to Aphra Behn.

  • A highly original work, which recovers the places that figure powerfully in premodern imagining.
  • Recreates places that appear in the works of Langland, Chaucer, Dante, Petrarch, Spenser, Shakespeare, Aphra Behn, and many others.
  • Begins with Calais – peopled by the English from 1347 to 1558 and ends with Surinam – traded for Manhattan by the English in 1667.
  • Other particular locations discussed include Flanders, Somerset, Genoa, and the Fortunate Islands (Canary Islands).
  • Includes fascinating anecdotes, such as the story of an English merchant learning love songs in Calais.
  • Provides insights into major historical narratives, such as race and slavery in Renaissance Europe.
  • Crosses the traditional divide between the medieval and Renaissance periods.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405113939
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/23/2004
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.21(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations.

Introduction.

1. At Calais Gate.

2. In Flaunders.

3. Dante in Somerset.

4. Genoa.

5. Canaries (The Fortunate Islands).

6. Surinam.

Acknowledgments.

Index

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