The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Law and Literature

Sebastian Sobecki (Editor), Candace Barrington (Editor)

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    Despite an unprecedented level of interest in the interaction between law and literature over the past two decades, readers have had no accessible introduction to this rich engagement in medieval and early Tudor England. The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Law and Literature addresses this need by combining an authoritative guide through the bewildering maze of medieval law with concise examples illustrating how the law infiltrated literary texts during this period. Foundational chapters written by leading specialists in legal history prepare readers to be guided by noted literary scholars through unexpected conversations with the law found in numerous medieval texts, including major works by Chaucer, Langland, Gower, and Malory. Part I contains detailed introductions to legal concepts, practices and institutions in medieval England, and Part II covers medieval texts and authors whose verse and prose can be understood as engaging with the law.

    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationCambridge
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-316-84829-6
    ISBN (Print)978-1-316-63234-5, 978-1-107-18078-9
    Publication statusPublished - Jul-2019

    Publication series

    NameCambridge Companions to Literature
    PublisherCambridge University Press

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