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Classicist Writings of Thomas Walsingham : Worldly Cares at St Albans Abbey in the Fourteenth Century
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The literary career of Thomas Walsingham, a significant figure in late fourteenth-century classicist letters in England and an overlooked major contemporary of Chaucer, has been somewhat neglected - which this book remedies. Following the texts, rather than individuals or institutions, it demonstrates both authors' participation in a previously unrecognized discursive field that spans Latinate clerical prose and secular vernacular poetry, opening for reexamination the "idea" of public literature in the late Middle Ages and recalibrating the terms of the conversation about the advent of humanistic textual practice in England. Providing a connected and comparative reading of Walsingham's works, alongside those of Chaucer, the book extends understanding of Chaucer through the exploration of his relationship to the clerical constituencies of London, Oxford, and monasteries in the South-East, and thoroughly inserts Walsingham into the modern study of the reception of the Latin classics among the vernacular authors of his period. Sylvia Federico is Associate Professor of English and member of the Classical and Medieval Studies Program at Bates College.
Number of Pages: 207
Genre: Literary Criticism
Series Title: Writing History in the Middle Ages
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Inc
Author: Sylvia Federico
Street Date: May 19, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-09-5614
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