Reading the Medieval in Early Modern England

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Gordon McMullan, David Matthews
Cambridge University Press, Jul 30, 2007 - Drama - 287 pages
In English literary and historical studies the border between the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period, and hence between 'medieval' and 'early modern' studies, has become increasingly permeable. Written by an international group of medievalists and early modernists, the essays in this volume examine the ways in which medieval culture was read and reconstructed by writers, editors and scholars in early modern England. It also addresses the reciprocal process: the way in which early modern England, while apparently suppressing the medieval past, was in fact shaped and constructed by it, albeit in ways that early modern thinkers had an interest in suppressing. The book deals with this process as it is played out not only in literature but also in visual culture - for example in mapping - and in material culture - as in the physical destruction of the medieval past in the early modern English landscape.

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Contents

Langland apocalypse and the early modern editor
51
Public ambition private desire and the last
74
The vulgar history of the Order of the Garter
91
Myths of origin and the struggle over nationhood in
106
The colonisation of early Britain on the
119
Tamburlaine sacred space and the heritage of
143
Lelands Itinerary and the remains of the
159
Fig 9 Nave conversion Tichfield Abbey
167
John Bale and reconfiguring the medieval in
179
Medieval penance Reformation repentance and
193
Medieval poetics and Protestant Magdalenes
205

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Gordon McMullan is Reader in English at King's College London.

David Matthews is Lecturer in Middle English Literature and Culture, School of Arts, Histories and Cultures at the University of Manchester.

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