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Socioliterary Practice in Late Medieval England$
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Helen Barr

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198112426

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112426.001.0001

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The Regal Image of Richard II and the Prologue to the Legend of Good Women

The Regal Image of Richard II and the Prologue to the Legend of Good Women

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(p.80) Chapter Four The Regal Image of Richard II and the Prologue to the Legend of Good Women
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Socioliterary Practice in Late Medieval England
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HELEN BARR

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112426.003.0005

This chapter further explores the politics of the representation of sacral kingship. It argues that the Prologue to Chaucer's Legend of Good Women may be seen both to reproduce, and to intervene in the process of image-making as a means of displaying power and maintaining political control. It explains that one of the most striking aspects of the construction of the regal image is its insistence and plenitude that can be seen from the sheer range of symbolic practices used: from the decoration of architectural space; portraiture; the fashioning of cutlery and dress to procession.

Keywords:   Richard II, Chaucer, image construction, regal image, symbolism

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