List of Illustrations vii
Notes on Contributors ix
Note on Edition xii
Part I: Chaucer in Context 11
1 Politics and London Life 13
2 Manuscripts and Audience 34
Julia Boffey and A. S. G. Edwards
3 Books and Authority 51
R. F. Yeager
Part II: Dream Visions 69
4 Dreaming 71
Steven F. Kruger
5 Courtly Writing 90
Part III: Troilus and Criseyde 111
6 Love in Wartime: Troilus and Criseyde as Trojan History 113
7 Love and the Making of the Self: Troilus and Criseyde 134
8 Tragedy and Romance in Chaucer’s ‘Litel Bok’ of Troilus and Criseyde 156
Part IV: The Canterbury Tales 177
9 Genre in and of the Canterbury Tales 179
10 Morality and Immorality 199
Richard Firth Green
11 Marriage, Sexuality and the Family 218
12 Christianity and the Church 241
John C. Hirsh
Part V: The Sound of Chaucer 261
13 Reading Chaucer Aloud 263
- A succinct introduction to Chaucer’s major works, the contexts in which he wrote, and to medieval thought more generally.
- Opens with a general introductory section discussing London life and politics, books and authority, manuscripts and readers.
- Subsequent sections focus on Chaucer’s major works – the dream visions, Troilus and Criseyde and The Canterbury Tales.
- Essays highlight the key religious, political and intellectual contexts for each major work.
- Also covers important general topics, including: medieval literary genres; dream theory; the Church; gender and sexuality; and reading Chaucer aloud.
- Designed so that each contextual essay can be read alongside one of Chaucer’s major works.