Antimercantilism in Late Medieval English Literature

Antimercantilism in Late Medieval English Literature

by R. Ladd


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230620438
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 10/18/2010
Series: The New Middle Ages
Edition description: 2010
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

ROGER A. LADD isAssistant Professor of English at University of North Carolina at Pembroke,USA.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

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

Notes 161

Bibliography 195

Index 213

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