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Chaucerian ConflictLanguages of Antagonism in Late Fourteenth-Century London$
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Marion Turner

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199207893

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207893.001.0001

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Conflicted Compaignyes: The Canterbury Fellowship and Urban Associational Form

Conflicted Compaignyes: The Canterbury Fellowship and Urban Associational Form

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Chaucerian Conflict


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The idea of social (im)possibility is at the heart of Geoffrey Chaucer's poem Canterbury Tales and the guild returns of 1388-1389 in London, texts that take the nature of associational form as a key concept. Concern about social conflict, social antagonism, and nonconformity is insistently evident in all of these texts. Examining the Canterbury Tales alongside far less well-known contemporary texts illuminates some of the concepts and language deployed in the poem and helps to reconstruct the textual world in which it was written. Both kinds of groups — the Canterbury compaignye and the guilds — were concerned to maintain an idea of themselves as coherent, an idea that reveals its inadequacy in its very inception. This chapter examines urban associational form and considers the language of fellowship and company, comparing the London and Lynn guild returns with the Canterbury Tales.

Keywords:   Geoffrey Chaucer, London, compaignyes, fellowship, urban associational form, guild returns, social antagonism, social conflict

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