Medieval Literature, 1300-1500 offers close readings of Middle English texts placed within the culture with which they interact. Famous works, like The Canterbury Tales, are discussed alongside lesser-known poems, prose, and plays, in five thematically-organized chapters, accompanied by a helpful critical apparatus. Reflecting the proliferation of user-friendly editions, this book extends the range of Middle English writing for which there is accessible up-to-date critical support, enabling the student, the general reader, the course designer, and the aspirant specialist, to read widely and with enjoyment in the medieval period.
About the Author
Pamela King is professor and director of the Centre for Medieval studies at the University of Bristol.
Table of Contents
Series Preface vi
Chapter 1 The Ideal World 13
Chapter 2 Social Change 56
Chapter 3 Religion and Morality 95
Chapter 4 Complaint and Dissent 143
Chapter 5 The Literary World 177
Student Resources 216
Reference Materials 218