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The Familiar Enemy: Chaucer, Language, and Nation in the Hundred Years War

Ardis Butterfield


The Familiar Enemy re‐examines the linguistic, literary, and cultural identities of England and France within the context of the Hundred Years War. During this war, two highly intertwined peoples developed complex strategies for expressing their aggressively intimate relationship. The special connection between the English and the French has endured into the modern period as a model for Western nationhood. This book reassesses the concept of ‘nation’ in this period through a wide‐ranging discussion of writing produced in war, truce or exile from the thirteenth to the fifteenth cen ... More

Keywords: Hundred Years War, Anglo‐French, Anglo‐Norman, Chaucer, Gower, Deschamps, Froissart, Jeanne d'Arc, Shakespeare, Henry V, nation, multilingual

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199574865
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574865.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ardis Butterfield, author
Professor of English, University College London
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