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By Corinne Saunders

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This concise spouse presents a succinct advent to Chaucer’s significant works, the contexts within which he wrote, and to medieval inspiration extra ordinarily. Opens with a normal introductory part discussing London lifestyles and politics, books and authority, manuscripts and readers. next sections specialize in Chaucer’s significant works – the dream visions, Troilus and Criseyde and The Canterbury stories. Essays spotlight the foremost non secular, political and highbrow contexts for every significant paintings. additionally covers vital basic subject matters, together with: medieval literary genres; dream idea; the Church; gender and sexuality; and interpreting Chaucer aloud. Designed in order that every one contextual essay could be learn along certainly one of Chaucer’s significant works.

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When the political tide turned, Nicholas Brembre (with whom Chaucer had worked at the customs house) was not so lucky. In 1388 the Merciless Parliament, dominated by the Lords Appellant, sought to curb Richard’s powers and strip his favourites of office. One of those favourites was the erstwhile mayor, Brembre, who was executed at the same time as Usk. Even those of high status were vulnerable to attack; another one of the victims of the Appellants’ purge was Richard de Vere, Duke of Ireland and Earl of Oxford.

What is clear is that ordering the Tales remained a problem for a number of later copyists and that the ordering adopted by modern editors is not necessarily a reflection of Chaucer’s own intentions (see Owen 1990 for further discussion). The scribes of copies made later than Hengwrt and Ellesmere were also conscious of the broader issue of incompleteness, which they sought to conceal to various degrees by adding spurious links between Tales or by adjusting endings to incomplete ones. The most striking demonstration of such an adjustment is the incorporation of the romance Gamelyn, not by Chaucer, but appended to the fragmentary ‘Cook’s Tale’ in over twenty manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales.

To the evidence of its manifestly unfinished state can be added the fact that the two very early, authoritative copies now generally known as the Hengwrt and Ellesmere manuscripts appear to be in the hand of the same single scribe. Yet these manuscripts present the text in very different orders and vary in content, most notably in Hengwrt’s omission of ‘The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale’. They also contain variant readings that can be seen as authoritative. Whether Chaucer was involved directly in the preparation of either manuscript is unclear.

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