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Impolitic Bodies – Poetry, Saints, and Society in Fifteenth-Century England: The Work of Osbern Bokenham | Oxford Scholarship Online
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Impolitic Bodies: Poetry, Saints, and Society in Fifteenth-Century England: The Work of Osbern Bokenham

Sheila Delany

Abstract

This book breaks important ground in 15th-century scholarship, a critical site of cultural study. The book examines the work of English Augustinian friar Osbern Bokenham, and explores the relations of history and literature in this particularly turbulent period in English history, beginning with The Wars of the Roses and moving on to the Hundred Years War. The book examines the first collection of all female saints' lives in any language: Legends of Holy Women composed by Bokenham between 1443 and 1447. The book is organized around the image of the body—a medieval procedure becoming popular on ... More

Keywords: fifteenth-century scholarship, Osbern Bokenham, The War of the Roses, Hundred Years War, image of the body, Chaucer, saints' lives, body politic, female saints

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780195109887
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109887.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sheila Delany, author
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia