The Legend of Good Women

An outstanding poem and a consummate example of employing the dream vision technique. It is one of the longest works of Chaucer. The poet unfolds ten stories of virtuous women in nine sections.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 9781425032364

Category: Poetry

Page: 244

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An outstanding poem and a consummate example of employing the dream vision technique. It is one of the longest works of Chaucer. The poet unfolds ten stories of virtuous women in nine sections. It is one of the first mock-heroic works in English Literature. Inspirational!
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Rethinking Chaucer s Legend of Good Women

A fresh reading of the Legend shows it to be one of Chaucer's most carefully crafted and significant works.

Author: Carolyn P. Collette

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 9781903153499

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

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Published in association with The Boydell Press and Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York.
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Telling Classical Tales

The fullest and richest interpretation of Chaucer's Legend of Good Women available, this book will interest medievalists, classicists, and Chaucerians as well as students and scholars of Renaissance literature.

Author: Lisa J. Kiser

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501743955

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 184

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Previous studies have shown the importance of Chaucer's reliance on classical literature as the source of his own art. In Telling Classical Tales, Lisa Kiser significantly expands this area of critical inquiry by her reading of Chaucer's Legend of Good Women—a relatively neglected poem that Kiser argues is of central importance in understanding Chaucer's concern with classical texts and his development as a poet. Looking closely at the classical references in the Legend, Kiser treats the Prologue and the individual legends in detail. She discusses the classical origins of the two main characters, their relationship to other characters in medieval literature, and the underlying significance of their comic dialogue. Her analysis leads to the conclusion that Chaucer's main purpose in writing the Legend of Good Women was to describe and defend his own principles of narrative art. The fullest and richest interpretation of Chaucer's Legend of Good Women available, this book will interest medievalists, classicists, and Chaucerians as well as students and scholars of Renaissance literature.
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The Legend of Good Women

Essays re-examining the Legend of Good Women, placing it in its cultural and historical context.

Author: Carolyn P. Collette

Publisher: DS Brewer

ISBN: 1843840715

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 203

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Essays re-examining the Legend of Good Women, placing it in its cultural and historical context.
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Chaucer s Legendary Good Women

A comprehensive account of Chaucer's Legend of Good Women.

Author: Florence Percival

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521416559

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 338

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A comprehensive account of Chaucer's Legend of Good Women.
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Chaucer and the Legend of Good Women

Dispatched to Florence in 1373 to secure a loan for Edward III, poet and diplomat Geoffrey Chaucer encounters resistance from the banker's blind brother, a situation that is further complicated when the banker is found murdered.

Author: Philippa Morgan

Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers

ISBN: 0786715987

Category: Fiction

Page: 299

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Dispatched to Florence in 1373 to secure a loan for Edward III, poet and diplomat Geoffrey Chaucer encounters resistance from the banker's blind brother, a situation that is further complicated when the banker is found murdered.
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The Naked Text

This beautifully written book is more than just another book on Chaucer: this is a book on Chaucer that we really need.”—R. A. Shoaf, editor of Chaucer’s “Troilus and Criseyde”

Author: Sheila Delany

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: 9780520356436

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 274

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A sequel to her seminal book on Chaucer’s House of Fame, Sheila Delany’s elegant and innovative study of Chaucer’s Legend of Good Women explores what it meant to be a reader and a writer, and to be English and a courtier, in the late fourteenth century. The richness of late medieval art, philosophy, and history are powerfully brought to bear on one of Chaucer’s most controversial works. So too are the insights of modern critical theory—semiotics, historicism, and gender studies especially—making this a unique achievement in medieval and Chaucerian studies. Delany’s strikingly original readings of Chaucer’s Orientalism, his sexual wordplay, his theological attitudes, and his treatment of sex and gender have given us a Chaucer for our time. This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press’s mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1994.
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Chaucer and the Legend of Good Women

Designed to fill a gap in Chaucerianstudies, this book offers new insight intothe development of Chaucer's artistry at acritical point in his career, after he hadcompleted the Troilus and just beforehe embarked on The Canterbury Tales.

Author: Robert Worth Frank

Publisher: Cambridge : Harvard University Press

ISBN: UOM:39015012085364

Category: Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400. Legend of good women

Page: 219

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Designed to fill a gap in Chaucerianstudies, this book offers new insight intothe development of Chaucer's artistry at acritical point in his career, after he hadcompleted the Troilus and just beforehe embarked on The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer and "The Legend of GoodWomen" rejects the usual criticalassessment of the Legend, setting it forthinstead as a serious and experimental work,an important and necessary prelude tothe achievement of The Canterbury Tales. Robert Worth Frank, Jr., begins hisanalysis of the Legend with a carefulconsideration of Chaucer's situation in1386, the year he presumably beganthe Legend. It was, he suggests, a momentin his career propitious for change--change in subject and in art as well. TheLegend reveals this change in the process ofits accomplishment. Frank stresses that the road to TheCanterbury Tales runs through the Legend.In tracing the route he shows howChaucer broke away from the limited tradition of courtly love and experimented with a variety of tones and styles and an expanded range of subject matter, with a new verse form, the pentameter couplet, and with new techniques of compression which led to a greater dedication to the short narrative form. The individual legends, though not Chaucer's greatest creations, have merits of their own. The general uniformity of theme proves misleading. The legends provide Chaucer with a broader canvas than he had ever used before, making possible a wide variety in tone and dramatic incident. Above all, this study, enlivened by the author's supple and spirited prose, depicts Chaucer boldly committing himself to the great world of story and thereby drawing on some of the most enduring classical myths for material and moving toward a new art and a new and richer realm of human experience.
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Love Visions

In The Book of the Duchess, the most traditional of the four, the dreamer meets a widower who has loved and lost the perfect lady, and The House of Fame describes a dream journey in which the poet meets with classical divinities.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141959894

Category: Poetry

Page: 272

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Spanning Chaucer's working life, these four poems build on the medieval convention of 'love visions' - poems inspired by dreams, woven into rich allegories about the rituals and emotions of courtly love. In The Book of the Duchess, the most traditional of the four, the dreamer meets a widower who has loved and lost the perfect lady, and The House of Fame describes a dream journey in which the poet meets with classical divinities. Witty, lively and playful, The Parliament of Birds details an encounter with the birds of the world in the Garden of Nature as they seek to meet their mates, while The Legend of Good Women sees Chaucer being censured by the God of Love, and seeking to make amends, for writing poems that depict unfaithful women. Together, the four create a marvellously witty, lively and humane self-portrait of the poet.
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Troilus and Criseyde

Troilus and Criseyde (c.1385) is an epic poem written by English poet Geoffrey Chaucer. Composed in Middle English, Troilus and Criseyde is the story of two lovers forced apart by the Greek siege of Troy.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer

Publisher: Graphic Arts Books

ISBN: 9781513274096

Category: Poetry

Page: 244

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Troilus and Criseyde (c.1385) is an epic poem written by English poet Geoffrey Chaucer. Composed in Middle English, Troilus and Criseyde is the story of two lovers forced apart by the Greek siege of Troy. Often considered Chaucer’s finest work for its structural consistency and completeness, the poem adapts Homer’s Iliad and other ancient sources which expand on its tradition to tell a Christian moral tale about the importance of faith and the sacred nature of human love. After mocking the god of love, Troilus—a Trojan warrior and the youngest son of Priam—is struck with desire for the beautiful Criseyde, the daughter of a prophet named Calchas. With her uncle Pandarus’ help, the two begin to exchange letters before consummating their love in secret. Meanwhile, Calchas—who has predicted the fall of Troy and abandoned the city to join the Greeks—is negotiating with both sides in order to facilitate the release of Antenor in exchange for his daughter, Criseyde. Although Troilus and Hector object to the plan, Criseyde is sent to the Greek camp. Despite promising to return to Troy and to remain faithful to Troilus, she secretly doubts herself, and is soon courted by the Greek hero Diomede. Troilus and Criseyde, a masterpiece of medieval literature, is a tragic story of desire, will, and the divine that continues to move readers centuries after it was written. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde is a classic of English literature reimagined for modern readers.
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The Living Chaucer

This book is a volume in the Penn Press Anniversary Collection.

Author: Percy Van Dyke Shelly

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9781512818666

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 344

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Imagined Romes

This volume explores the conflicting representations of ancient Rome—one of the most important European cities in the medieval imagination—in late Middle English poetry.

Author: C. David Benson

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271083957

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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This volume explores the conflicting representations of ancient Rome—one of the most important European cities in the medieval imagination—in late Middle English poetry. Once the capital of a great pagan empire whose ruined monuments still inspired awe in the Middle Ages, Rome, the seat of the pope, became a site of Christian pilgrimage owing to the fame of its early martyrs, whose relics sanctified the city and whose help was sought by pilgrims to their shrines. C. David Benson analyzes the variety of ways that Rome and its citizens, both pre-Christian and Christian, are presented in a range of Middle English poems, from lesser-known, anonymous works to the poetry of Gower, Chaucer, Langland, and Lydgate. Benson discusses how these poets conceive of ancient Rome and its citizens—especially the women of Rome—as well as why this matters to their works. An insightful and innovative study, Imagined Romes addresses a crucial lacuna in the scholarship of Rome in the medieval imaginary and provides fresh perspectives on the work of four of the most prominent Middle English poets.
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The Portable Chaucer

The Portable Chaucer also contains selections from The Book of Duchess, The House of Fame, The Bird's Parliament, and The Legend of Good Women, together with short poems.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101127414

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 624

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In the fourteenth century Geoffrey Chaucer, who served three kings as a customs official and special envoy, virtually invented English poetry. He did so by wedding the language of common speech to metrical verse, creating a medium that could accommodate tales of courtly romance, bawdy fabliaux, astute psychological portraiture, dramatic monologues, moral allegories, and its author’s astonishing learning in fields from philosophy to medicine and astrology. Chaucer’s accomplishment is unequalled by any poet before Shakespeare and—in The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Cressida—ranks with that of the great English novelists. Both The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Cressida are presented complete in this anthology, in fresh modern translations by Theodore Morrison that convey both the gravity and gaiety of the Middle English originals. The Portable Chaucer also contains selections from The Book of Duchess, The House of Fame, The Bird's Parliament, and The Legend of Good Women, together with short poems. Morrison's introduction is vital for its insights into Chaucer as man and artist, and as a product of the Middle Ages whose shrewdness, humor, and compassion have a wonderfully contemporary ring.
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Geoffrey Chaucer

This book is a lucid introduction and intelligent examination of Chaucer's narrative poetry.

Author: Dieter Mehl

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 0521318882

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 243

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This book is a lucid introduction and intelligent examination of Chaucer's narrative poetry.
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