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Romance and the Gentry in Late Medieval England

Michael Johnston

Abstract

Romance and the Gentry in Late Medieval England offers a new history of Middle English romance, the most popular genre of secular literature in the English Middle Ages. This book argues that many of the romances composed in England from 1350–1500 arose in response to the specific socioeconomic concerns of the gentry, the class of English landowners who lacked titles of nobility and hence occupied the lower rungs of the aristocracy. The end of the fourteenth century in England witnessed power devolving to the gentry, who became one of the dominant political and economic forces in provincial soc ... More

Keywords: Romance, Middle English literature, gentry, manuscript, history of the book

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199679782
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679782.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Johnston, author
Assistant Professor of English, Purdue University