Fantasies of Empire in the Late Middle Ages
By (author) Sylvia Federico
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New Troy by Sylvia Federico
Book DescriptionExamines the political and literary uses of the Trojan legend in the medieval period. England in the late fourteenth century witnessed a large-scale social revolt, a lingering and seemingly hopeless war with France, and fierce factional conflicts in royal politics and London civic government--struggles in which all parties sought to justify their actions by claiming historical precedent. How the Trojan legend figured in these claims--and in competing assertions of authorial legitimacy, nationhood, and rule in the later Middle Ages--is the complex nexus of history, myth, literature, and identity that Sylvia Federico explores in this ambitious book. During the late medieval period, many European political and social groups took great pains to associate themselves with the ancient city; the claim on Troy, Federico asserts, was crucial to nationhood and was always a political act. Her book examines the poetry and prose of several late medieval authors, focusing particularly in how Chaucer's use of the Trojan legend helped to set the terms by which the Ricardian and Lancastrian periods were distinguished, and further helped to establish English literary history as a noble precedent in its own right. Federico's book affords remarkable insight into the workings of the medieval historical imagination.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816641666
(229mm x 148mm x 18mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Sylvia Federico
Post-historical Middle Ages, Hardback (June 2009)View all books by Sylvia Federico
This collection of original essays repositions medieval literary studies after an era of intensive critical historicism largely indebted to Marxist and materialist theory.
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