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The Chaucerian Apocrypha
A Selection

Edited by Kathleen Forni

The Chaucerian Apocrypha
Paperback, 182 pages £15.50
Published: 2005
ISBN: 9781580440967
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Subjects: Literary Studies, Medieval Institute Publications, Medieval Studies
Series: TEAMS Middle English Texts Series

The poems in this volume were prized and preserved because of their association with Chaucer's name and have been, paradoxically, almost entirely ignored by modern readers for the same reason. Many of these pieces are worthy of study, not only in the context of Chaucerian reception, but also as specimens of the kinds of vernacular poetry that circulated in late medieval manuscripts and which remained in print, largely by the accidental virtue of their association with Chaucer, throughout the Renaissance and well into the nineteenth century. The various genres represented in this sampler (the dream vision, good counsel, female panegyric, mass parody, proverbial wisdom, lover's dialogue, prochecy, advice to princes, elegiac complaint, courtly parody, and anti-feminist satire) attest to the diversity of late medieval literary tastes and to the flexibility of the courtly idiom. In the sixteenth century both Chaucer's poetry and the diverse works with which it circulated appear to have continued to have been valued for their perceived courtly qualities. Chaucer's early scribal and print editors also appear to have prized his sphere of influence (attested to by imitation, continuation, and emendation) and his adaptability to contemporary social and political needs.

Acknowledgements Introduction The Court of Love Introduction The Court of Love Explanatory Notes TextualNotes Literature of Courtly Love Introduction In February Notes O Merciful and O Mercyable Notes The Craft of Lovers Explanatory Notes Textual Notes John Lydgate, The Floure of Curtesye Notes The Lovers' Mass Notes The Antifeminist Tradition Introduction I Have a Lady (The Descryvyng of a Fair Lady) Notes O Mosy Quince Notes John Lydgate, Beware (The Blynde Eteth Many a Flye) Explanatory Notes Textual Notes Of Theyre Nature Notes Good Counsel, Wisdom and Advice Introduction Four Things That Make a Man a Fool and Yit of the Same Eight Goodly Questions with Their Aunswers Notes Duodecim Abusiones (The Twelve Abuses) Notes Prophecy Notes John Gower, In Praise of Peace Explanatory Notes Textual Notes Scogan's Moral Balade Explanatory Notes Textual Notes Epigraph Bibliography Glossary

Kathleen Forni is Professor of English at Loyola University, Maryland. Her research focuses on medieval literature, specifically Chaucer.

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 Paperback , 182 pages

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 Medieval Institute Publications


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