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The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Culture


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Andrew Galloway, Scott Waugh, Paul Hyams, David Hinton, Richard Kaeuper, David Dumville, Rebecca Krug, Laura Kendrick, Ralph Hanna, David Carlson, Elaine Treharne, David Lawton, Helen Cooper, Clare Simmons
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  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521856898

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  • The cultural life of England over the long period from the Norman Conquest to the Reformation was rich and varied, in ways that scholars are only now beginning to understand in detail. This Companion introduces a wide range of materials that constitute the culture, or cultures, of medieval England, across fields including political and legal history, archaeology, social history, art history, religion and the history of education. Above all it looks at the literature of medieval England in Latin, French and English, plus post-medieval perspectives on the 'Middle Ages'. In a linked series of essays experts in these areas show the complex relationships between them, building up a broad account of rich patterns of life and literature in this period. The essays are supplemented by a chronology and guide to further reading, helping students build on the unique access this volume provides to what can seem a very foreign culture.

    • Offers essays from a wide range of disciplines but with a focus on history and literature
    • Each essay introduces a theme and offers suggestions for further reading
    • Looks at medieval England from both an insider's and outsider's perspective, allowing comparisons with other European countries
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    'The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Culture is rich in content and insight. It covers a wide variety of areas, ranging from legal history to post-medieval literature and cultural identities … [a] valuable addition to the field for intermediate or advanced scholars.' Geert van Iersel, English Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521856898
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.666kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: medieval English culture and its companions Andrew Galloway
    Part I. Theaters of Culture: Political, Legal, Material:
    1. From court to nation Scott Waugh
    2. The legal revolution and the discourse of dispute in the twelfth century Paul Hyams
    3. Archaeology and post-Conquest England David Hinton
    Part II. Cultural Ideals and Cultural Conflicts:
    4. Social ideals and social disruption Richard Kaeuper
    5. 'Celtic' visions of England David Dumville
    6. The idea of sanctity and the uncanonized life of Margery Kempe Rebecca Krug
    Part III. Literacies, Languages, and Literatures:
    7. Visual texts in post-Conquest England Laura Kendrick
    8. Literacy, schooling, universities Ralph Hanna
    9. Anglo-Latin literature in the later Middle Ages David Carlson
    10. The vernaculars of medieval England, 1170–1350 Elaine Treharne
    11. English literary voices, 1350–1500 David Lawton
    Part IV. Legacies and Re-creations:
    12. Literary reformations of the middle ages Helen Cooper
    13. Re-creating the middle ages Clare Simmons
    Guide to further reading

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Intro to Medieval Literature
    • Late Medieval Authors
    • Legal Poetics: Early English Language, Law, and Literature
    • Literature of Late Medieval England
    • Major Authors of the Middle Ages
    • Medieval English Literature
    • Medieval Literature
  • Editor

    Andrew Galloway, Cornell University, New York
    Andrew Galloway is Professor of English at Cornell University.


    Andrew Galloway, Scott Waugh, Paul Hyams, David Hinton, Richard Kaeuper, David Dumville, Rebecca Krug, Laura Kendrick, Ralph Hanna, David Carlson, Elaine Treharne, David Lawton, Helen Cooper, Clare Simmons

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