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England the Nation: Language, Literature, and National Identity, 1290-1340

Thorlac Turville-Petre


This book pays attention to the earlier fourteenth century in England as a literary period in its own right. It surveys the wide range of writings by the generation before Geoffrey Chaucer, and explores how English writers in the half-century leading up to the outbreak of the Hundred Years War expressed their concepts of England as a nation, and how they exploited the association between nation, people, and language. At the centre of this work is a study of the construction of national identity that takes place in the histories written in English. The contributions of romances and saints' live ... More

Keywords: Geoffrey Chaucer, Hundred Years War, England, nation, people, language, national identity, romances, saints' lives, regional identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198122791
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122791.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thorlac Turville-Petre, author
University of Nottingham