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Lay Piety and Religious Discipline in Middle English Literature

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature

  • Date Published: July 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107404656

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  • In late-fourteenth-century England, the persistent question of how to live the best life preoccupied many pious Christians. One answer was provided by a new genre of prose guides that adapted professional religious rules and routines for lay audiences. These texts engaged with many of the same cultural questions as poets like Langland and Chaucer; however, they have not received the critical attention they deserve until now. Nicole Rice analyses how the idea of religious discipline was translated into varied literary forms in an atmosphere of religious change and controversy. By considering the themes of spiritual discipline, religious identity, and orthodoxy in Langland and Chaucer, the study also brings fresh perspectives to bear on Piers Plowman and The Canterbury Tales. This juxtaposition of spiritual guidance and poetry will form an important contribution to our understanding of both authors and of late medieval religious practice and thought.

    • Relates literary texts to late medieval English religious and cultural life
    • Analyses key medieval texts by Langland and Chaucer in a new context
    • Brings to light new manuscript evidence of medieval reading practices
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    'In this rich, thoughtful, and very interesting study Nicole R. Rice has sketched out what almost amounts to a short history of lay spirituality in late medieval England … One of the real strengths of this book is its willingness to engage religious attitudes and to consider how far these attitudes respond to late medieval devout practices.' John C. Hirsh, Medium Aevum

    'Rice has provided a valuable study … well worth reading … richly contextualized analysis …' Speculum

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    • Date Published: July 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107404656
    • length: 270 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Translations of the cloister: regulating spiritual aspiration
    2. Dialogic form and clerical understanding
    3. Lordship, pastoral care, and the Order of Charity
    4. Clerical widows and the reform of preaching
    Conclusion: spiritual guides in fifteenth-century books: cultural change and continuity
    Bibliography.

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    Nicole R. Rice, Yale University, Connecticut

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