England and Bohemia in the Age of Chaucer
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302 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

13 b/w illus.

Series: Chaucer Studies

Series Vol. Number: 49

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

England and Bohemia in the Age of Chaucer

Edited by Peter Brown and Jan Čermák

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New essays examining Bohemia as a key European context for understanding Chaucer's poetry.

Chaucer never went to Bohemia but Bohemia came to him when, in 1382, King Richard II of England married Anne, daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV. Charles's splendid court in Prague was renowned across Europe for its patronage of literature, art and architecture, and Anne and her entourage brought with them some of its glamour and allure - their fashions, extravagance and behaviour provoking comment from English chroniclers. For Chaucer, a poet and diplomat affiliated to Richard's court, Anne was more muse than patron, her influence embedded in a range of his works, including the Parliament of Fowls, Troilus and Criseyde, the Legend of Good Women and Canterbury Tales.

This volume shows Bohemia to be a key European context, alongside France and Italy, for understanding Chaucer's poetry, providing a wide perspective on the nature of cultural exchange between England and Bohemia in the later fourteenth century. The contributors consider such matters as court culture and politics, the writings of Richard Rolle, artistic style, Troy stories, historiographic writing and travel narrative; they highlight the debt Chaucer owed to Bohemian culture, and the affinities between English and Bohemian literary production, whether in the use of Petrarch's tale of Griselde, the iconography of the tapster figure, or satires on the Passion of Christ.
List of Illustrations
List of Contributors
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction, Peter Brown and Jan Čermák
Lines of Communication
1: Richard II, Queen Anne, Bohemia: Marriage, Culture and Politics
Michael Bennett
2: Recommended Reading: Richard Rolle in Bohemia
Michael Van Dussen
3: The Golden Book of the Knight Wenceslas: Travelling, Piety and Diplomacy in Late-Medieval Europe
Marek Suchý
Cultural Analogues
4: Making Sense of the Past: Czech and English Vernacular: Histories in the Fourteenth Century
Helena Znojemská
5: Beyond Nations: Translating Troy in the Middle Ages
Venetia Bridges
6: Mock Passions in England and Bohemia
Lucie Doležalová
7: The Evil Tale of Evil Briselda: Griselda's Wicked Counterpart
Klára Petříková
8: The Image of the Tapster in England and Bohemia
Jan Dienstbier
9: Bohemian and English Painting in the Last Decades of the Fourteenth Century: Tracing the Bohemian Influence
Lenka Panušková
Rethinking Queen Anne
10: Contextualizing the Legend of Good Women: Some Possible Bohemian Perspectives
Julia Boffey and A. S. G. Edwards
11: Humility and Empire: Anne of Bohemia, Chaucer and the Virgin Mary
David Wallace
General Bibliography
Index

Peter Brown is Professor Emeritus in the School of English at the University of Kent.

Jan Čermák is professor of English in the Faculty of Arts at Charles University, Prague.

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Title Details

302 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

13 b/w illus.

Series: Chaucer Studies

Series Vol. Number: 49

Imprint: D.S.Brewer