Piers Plowman And The New Anticlericalism Wendy Scase

ISBN: 9780521360173

Published: July 28th 1989

Hardcover

272 pages


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Piers Plowman And The New Anticlericalism  by  Wendy Scase

Piers Plowman And The New Anticlericalism by Wendy Scase
July 28th 1989 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 272 pages | ISBN: 9780521360173 | 5.24 Mb

The medieval English poem Piers Plowman is noted for its attacks on the clergy. The later fourteenth century, when the poem was written, is often thought of as an anticlerical age. This book is an extended investigation of the anticlericalism of theMoreThe medieval English poem Piers Plowman is noted for its attacks on the clergy. The later fourteenth century, when the poem was written, is often thought of as an anticlerical age.

This book is an extended investigation of the anticlericalism of the poem. Dr Scase challenges the usual assumption that long-established anticlerical traditions continued unchanged in the conflicts of this period.

She describes and analyses important but little-known medieval polemics and satires (many of them only available in manuscript), tracing the emergence of a distinctive new anticlericalism which entailed nothing less than the making of a new anticlerical literature. With the writing of Piers Plowman, she argues, this literary challenge was accepted.

Always referring closely to the contemporary controversies, and with constant attention to the detail of the text, she reveals the significance of the poems anticlericalism. Informative and rigorously argued, this book is intended to convince literary critics and historians alike.



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