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Historians on Chaucer: The 'General Prologue' to the Canterbury Tales

Stephen Rigby


While literary scholars, under the influence of ‘historicist’ literary theory, have insisted on the need to understand Chaucer’s poetry in its historical context, medieval historians have made little attempt to join in with debates about the meaning of his work. This volume sets out to remedy this lack. Here, 25 leading historians of late medieval England discuss the portraits of the pilgrims in the ‘General Prologue’ to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in relation to their own area of expertise. The first chapter of the collection sets out recent debates about Chaucer’s engagement with the conflict ... More

Keywords: Chaucer, General Prologue, Canterbury Tales, historicist, late medieval England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199689545
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689545.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Rigby, editor
Emeritus Professor of Medieval Social and Economic History, University of Manchester

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