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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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