The CANTERBURY TALES and the Good Society

The CANTERBURY TALES and the Good Society

by Paul A. Olson


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The CANTERBURY TALES and the Good Society by Paul A. Olson

Paul Olson argues that Chaucer's narratives emerge from his deep concern about the crises of late fourteenth-century England and his vision of the renewal of that troubled society through the ideal of parlement, the various orders of society speaking together, and through a perfective religious discipline.

Originally published in 1987.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691609942
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 07/14/2014
Series: Princeton Legacy Library Series
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

  • FrontMatter, pg. i
  • Contents, pg. vii
  • List of Illustrations, pg. ix
  • Abbreviations, pg. xv
  • Preface, pg. xvii
  • Introduction. On Looking at the Meaning of Chaucer's Language, pg. 3
  • 1. The General Prologue, the Three-Estate Theory, and the “Age and Body” of the Time, pg. 19
  • 2. The Order of the Passion and Internal Order, pg. 49
  • 3. The Lawyer’s Tale and the History of Christian English Law, pg. 85
  • 4. Chaucer on Temporal Power and Art, pg. 104
  • 5. Stratford’s Nunnery, Sapience, and Monasticism’s Critical Role, pg. 127
  • 6. Monasticism’s Royal Claim, pg. 160
  • 7. The Hierarchy’s Keys, pg. 183
  • 8. Summoner Wrath on Friar Perfection, pg. 214
  • 9. The Sect of the Wife of Bath and the Quest for Perfection, pg. 235
  • 10. In Conclusion, pg. 276
  • APPENDIX. A Note on the Relationship of Meaning and Historical Forms of Life, pg. 301
  • Index, pg. 303

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