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Routledge Library Editions: The Medieval World


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The volumes in this set, originally published between 1938 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of medieval history and medieval literature, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines medieval history from the early Middle Ages, right up until the Reformation, as well as the effect of the medieval period on later cultures, such as the Victorians. This collection draws together books on the monarchy, medieval philosophy, religion, art, music, psychology and architecture as well as volumes on medieval archeology. The collection also brings together key volumes on medieval literature of the period, with formative works examining medieval religious literature, medieval legends and oral tradition. The collection also includes titles examining specific poems from the period such as Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Pearl, as well as volumes on influential writers of the period such as Jean Froissant, John Lydgate and Margery Kempe. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse medieval period and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of history and literature, but of anthropology, music, psychology and religion.

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Justice and Mercy in Piers Plowman: A Reading of the B Text Visio

Justice and Mercy in Piers Plowman: A Reading of the B Text Visio

1st Edition

Myra Stokes
July 10, 2019

Originally published by 1984 Justice and Mercy in Piers Plowman provides a clear and informative introduction to the complexities of Langland’s Piers Plowman. It identifies Langland’s major concerns and shows in detail, passus by passus, how these are developed by him in the first part of the poem...

Oral Poetics in Middle English Poetry

Oral Poetics in Middle English Poetry

1st Edition

Mark C. Amodio
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1994, Oral Tradition in Middle English is an edited collection providing a multidisciplinary look at the importance and nature of oral tradition in Middle English literature. The book offers a discussion of the gradual problemization of orality and literacy in works of...

The Short Lyric Poems of Jean Froissart: Fixed Forms and the Expression of the Courtly Ideal

The Short Lyric Poems of Jean Froissart: Fixed Forms and the Expression of the Courtly Ideal

1st Edition

Kristen Mossler Figg
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1994, The Short Lyric Poems of Jean Froissart is a meticulous reading of the important but generally neglected short lyric poems of Jean Froissart. The book situates Froissart within the cultural and literary context of fourteenth-century Europe and examines a representative...

The Long-Haired Kings: And Other Studies in Frankish History

The Long-Haired Kings: And Other Studies in Frankish History

1st Edition

J.M. Wallace-Hadrill
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1962, The Long-Haired Kings is split into two parts. The first is concerned with the history of France in the period of gestation, between the end of Roman imperial room in Gaul, and the emergence of medieval France in the tenth century. It is principally concerned with the...

Themes and Images in the Medieval English Religious Lyric

Themes and Images in the Medieval English Religious Lyric

1st Edition

Douglas Gray
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1972, Themes and Images in the Medieval English Religious Lyric discusses themes and images in religious lyric poetry in Medieval English poetry. The book looks at the affect that tradition and convention had on the religious poetry of the medieval period. It examines the...

Middle English Literature: A Critical Study of the Romances, the Religious Lyrics, and Piers Plowman

Middle English Literature: A Critical Study of the Romances, the Religious Lyrics, and Piers Plowman

1st Edition

George Kane
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1951 Middle English Literature applies methods of literary evaluation to certain Middle English works. Arguing that previous literary criticism has largely focused on the commentary of their historical, social, philological and religious content, the book suggests that it...

Medieval Texts and Images: Studies of Manuscripts from the Middle Ages

Medieval Texts and Images: Studies of Manuscripts from the Middle Ages

1st Edition

Margaret M. Manion, Bernard J. Muir
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1991, Medieval Texts and Images is a collection of essays which critically examines medieval manuscripts. The book contains a wide range of contributions, the first examines the relationship of the Légende Dorée and its relationship to the aristocratic patrons who...

The Medieval World of Nature: A Book of Essays

The Medieval World of Nature: A Book of Essays

1st Edition

Joyce E. Salisbury
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1993, The Medieval World of Nature looks at how the natural world was viewed by medieval society. The book presents the argument that the pragmatic medieval view of the natural world of animals and plants, existed simply to serve medieval society. It discusses the medieval...

John Lydgate

John Lydgate

1st Edition

Derek Pearsall
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1970, John Lydgate sets out to restore a sense of perspective to the work of Lydgate, not by attributing a spurious modernity as a precursor of the Renaissance, but by accepting the fact that he is fundamentally medieval. The book analyses Lydgate’s background in literary...

Memorization in the Transmission of the Middle English Romances

Memorization in the Transmission of the Middle English Romances

1st Edition

Murray McGillivray
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1990, Memorization in the Transmission of the Middle English Romances tackles the long-standing issue of the role of memorization in the transmission of Middle English romances. The book addresses the lack of consensus on the issue, despite extensive discussion, putting...

The Image of the Middle Ages in Romantic and Victorian Literature

The Image of the Middle Ages in Romantic and Victorian Literature

1st Edition

Kevin L. Morris
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1984, The Image of the Middle Ages in Romantic and Victorian Literature looks at the impact of medievalism in the 18th and 19th centuries and the importance of post-Enlightenment literary religious medievalism. The book suggests that religious medievalism was not a...

Old English and Middle English Poetry

Old English and Middle English Poetry

1st Edition

Derek Pearsall
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1977, Old English and Middle English Poetry provides a historical approach to English poetry. The book examines the conditions out of which poetry grew and argues that the functions that it was assigned are historically integral to an informed understanding of the nature of...

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