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Lordship and Literature: John Gower and the Politics of the Great Household

Elliot Kendall


This book explores the importance of the great household to late 14th-century English culture and society. A sustained new reading of John Gower's major English poem, Confessio Amantis, shows how deeply the great household informed the way Gower and his contemporaries imagined their world. Encompassing royal government and gentry ambitions, this book views the period's politics in terms of a household-based economy of power, using the work of thinkers such as Pierre Bourdieu and Marcel Mauss. The book argues that myriad political practice and representations, including the Appeal of the Mercil ... More

Keywords: Bourdieu, Confessio Amantis, Gower, gentry, great household, livery, lordship, maintenance, retaining, Richard II

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199542642
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542642.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elliot Kendall, author
Lecturer in Medieval Literature, University of Exeter
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