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The Later Middle Ages

1st Edition

Edited by Stephen Medcalf, Nicola Coldstream, Marjorie Reeves, David R Starkey


330 pages

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Originally published in 1981, The Later Middle Ages bridges the gap between modern and medieval language and literature, by introducing the social and intellectual milieu in which writers like Chaucer, Malory and Margery Kempe lived. It provides a unified and coherent account of the culture of late medieval England, and of the problems involved in viewing it, in relation to English literature. The book covers the history of ideas and education, art and architecture, and changes in the social, economic and political structure.

Table of Contents



1 On Reading Books From a Half-Alien Culture, Stephen Medcalf

2. The Ideal, the Real and the Quest for Perfection, Marjorie Reeves and Stephen Medcalf

3. Inner and Outer, Stephen Medcalf

4. Art and Architecture in the Late Middle Ages, Nicola Coldstream

5. The Age of the Household: Politics, Society and the Arts c. 1350-c.1550, David Starkey

Epilogue: from Troilus to Troilus, Stephen Medcalf


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Medieval World

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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