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Romancing Treason: The Literature of the Wars of Roses

Megan Leitch


This book addresses the scope and significance of the secular literary culture of the Wars of the Roses, and especially of its distinctive prose romances. The book argues that the pervasive textual presence of treason c.1437–97 suggests a way of conceptualizing the understudied space between the Lancastrian literary culture of the early fifteenth century and the Tudor literary cultures of the early and mid-sixteenth century. Drawing upon theories of political discourse and interpellation, of the power of language to shape social identities, this book explores how treason is both a source of an ... More

Keywords: Malory, romance, Caxton, treason, betrayal, Middle English, fifteenth century, secular, prose

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198724599
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724599.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Megan Leitch, author
Cardiff University