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Reading Literature Historically: Drama and Poetry from Chaucer to the Reformation

Greg Walker


This book explores both the value and the potential pitfalls of reading the literature and drama of the period from the 1380s to the Reformation ‘historically’, that is, in dialogue with historical events and the political cultures of the communities which produced and received it. It examines a wide range of dramatic and literary texts, some of which, like Chaucer’s Miller’s Tale, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, or Sir David Lyndsay’s monumental drama, Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis are relatively well known. Others, like the early Tudor Interlude of Godly Queen Hester, are perhaps less s ... More

Keywords: Early Drama, Chaucer, The Gawain Poet, A Satire of the Three Estates, Henry VIII, early-modern political culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748681013
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681013.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Greg Walker, author
University of Edinburgh