Medieval Literature and Culture, 1st Edition by Andrew Galloway

By Andrew Galloway

Continuum's Introductions to British Literature and tradition sequence offer sensible publications to key literary classes. courses within the sequence support to orientate scholars as they start a brand new module or quarter of analysis, delivering concise details at the historic, cultural, literary and demanding context and performing as an preliminary map of the information had to research the literature and tradition of a selected interval. every one consultant contains an outline of the ancient interval, highbrow contexts, significant genres, serious ways and a consultant to unique study and source fabrics within the zone, permitting scholars to growth optimistically to additional examine. The advisor to Medieval Literature and tradition presents scholars with the fitting creation to literature and its context from the seventh to fifteenth centuries, together with: - the ancient, cultural and highbrow heritage together with faith and philosophy; society and politics; paintings and tradition - significant works and genres together with spiritual literature; heritage writing; drama; Chaucer; Langland - concise motives of key phrases had to comprehend the literature and feedback - key severe ways to medieval literature from the Renaissance to the current - a chronology mapping old occasions and literary works and additional studying together with web content and digital resources.

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Serfs, or villeins, and their family members were formally required to pay a fine when selling property or moving away, at the death of a head of household, at the marriage of a daughter or even (for bondswomen only) upon having unmarried sexual intercourse; the terms of such fees were highly specified and carried significant economic and social burdens: 'heriot' for the giving of the 'best beast' as a death-tax; 'merchet' for the marriage fee; 'leyrwite' for a bondswoman's fornication. The numbers and opportunities of serfs ebbed and flowed in post-Conquest England, punctuated by a few moments of crisis.

Living 'among the world'), they were part of a group including deacons, archdeacons, bishops and archbishops, all of whom, like the priests, occupied particular territories - parishes or sees over whose souls they took charge. These clergy were surrounded by other religious groups that rose and fell in dominance. From the seventh century until 34 MEDIEVAL LITERATURE AND CULTURE the Dissolution in 1537, monasteries were the heart of the church's economic and intellectual powers, maintained by the properties, prayers and studies of monks and nuns living under an abbot and in accord with the Rule of St Benedict, dwelling apart from the world of the laity.

Normandy was once again a goal for reconquest, though this was not achieved during Henry IV's reign. This endured continual rebellions by northern lords, and by the most effective Welsh rebel of the Middle Ages, Owain Glyn Dwr, in 1400-09. Normandy was triumphantly re-conquered in 1415 by Henry IV's son, Henry V (r. 1414—22), an event widely celebrated as a restoration of original English dominions. The monk-historian Thomas Walsingham, for instance, wrote a large chronicle, the Hypodigma Neustriae, or 'Paradigm of Normandy', structuring English history on the principle that the pattern of English conquest had finally reached its fulfillment.

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