Images of Kingship in Chaucer and his Ricardian Contemporaries

September 2008
190 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Chaucer Studies
ISBN: 9781843841746
Format: Hardback
Library eBook

Images of Kingship in Chaucer and his Ricardian Contemporaries

Samantha J. Rayner

The concept of kingship was a major preoccupation for the Ricardian poets, as this full treatment shows.
The idea of kingship forms a recurrent theme in the poems of the so-called "Ricardians", John Gower, William Langland, the Gawain-poet and Chaucer - unsurprisingly, during a period of considerable turmoil. This book aims to widen understanding of these poets through an examination of the theme in Confessio Amantis, Piers Plowman and the works of the Gawain-poet and then setting these against the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, the most well-known and studied of the Ricardians. It brings the other poets' work into sharper focus, showing that despite a diversity in style and approach, common concerns and attitudes underpin all of the poets under consideration.

SAMANTHA RAYNER gained her PhD from Bangor University; she is currently Senior Lecturer in Publishing, University College London.

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Table of Contents

Gower: The Confessio Amantis
Langland: Piers Plowman
The Gawain-poet
Chaucer: The Dream Poems


Rayner's exposition of her chosen texts is commendably lucid and intelligent. MEDIUM AEVUM

Rayner is to be congratulated on the seriousness with she approaches her subject, the steadiness of purpose that carries her through her discussions of virtually every mention of kings and kingship in the relevant corpus, and for her diligence in familiarizing herself with the secondary literature. Her research provides a useful summary of the theme of kingship in Ricardian literature. ARTHURIANA

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