This study explores the relationship between ideology and subjectivity in late medieval literature, documenting the trajectory of antimercantile ideology against major developments in economic theory and practice in the later Middle Ages.
About the Author
ROGER A. LADD isAssistant Professor of English at University of North Carolina at Pembroke,USA.
Table of Contents
1 An Introduction to Late Medieval English Literary Merchants 1
2 Langland's Merchants and the Material and Spiritual Economies of Piers Plowman B 23
3 The Mirour de l'Omme and Gower's London Merchants 49
4 The Deliberate Ambiguity of Chaucer's Anxious Merchants 77
5 Mercantile Voices of the Early Fifteenth Century 101
6 The Mercers, Civic Power, and Charity in the York Cycle 133
Conclusion: From Finchale To York: Are Merchants Respectable by 1500? 157