English Literature

Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde

Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 61, fol. 1v Language: English (Southeast Midland) Manuscript date: ca. 1420 Chaucer wrote his “book…

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Middle English Procession

London quickly received news of Henry V’s October 25, 1415, victory at Agincourt. Three days later, on October 28, the…

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Sumptuary

Church writers, national and local administrations, and interested observers of society regularly condemned their contemporaries’ extravagant behavior and appearance. Manners,…

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Tournament (medieval)

Tournaments were part of a knight’s training for war, and they became the ritualistic occasion for demonstrations of military prowess…

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Glossary

A abay see bay ac conj. but, and adighten, adyghtyn v. adorn adight, adyth p. adorned advoutri(e) see avouteri(e) after…

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Enarratio (Analysis and Exposition of Texts)

Enarratio, the analysis and exposition of texts, was part of the discipline of grammar, itself one of the three major…

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The English Language

The English Language Four principal dialects existed in late medieval England in addition to the western and northern Welsh and…

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Plays and Representations

Plays and Representations Lollards often objected to any visual representation of religious subjects, including paintings, illuminations, and sculptures (even crosses)…

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Style and Spectacle Feasts

Style and Spectacle Feasts Noble households were large socioeconomic enterprises, and meals were an integral part of their owners’ desire…

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Quick Sermons

Quick Sermons Audience Reactions to Sermons Medieval theoreticians and practitioners adapted the Classical arts of rhetoric – the artes dictaminis…

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