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The New Middle Ages

Maintenance, Meed, and Marriage in Medieval English Literature

Authors: Kennedy, K.

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Maintenance, Meed, and Marriage in Medieval English Literature deftly interrogates the relationship between lord and man in medieval England. Employing the study of medieval analogies this book is the first to explore how the relationship between lords and retainers was depicted in literature by Chaucer, Gower, Langland, and Lydgate. Kennedy uses close readings and medieval letter collections to provide a documentary look at how lords and men communicated information about their relationships and reveals surprising information about both medieval law and society.

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KATHLEEN E. KENNEDY is Assistant Professor of English at Penn State-Brandywine, USA.

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"Kennedy's original study of maintenance is a welcome addition to our understanding of the literature as well as social relations in later medieval England. Drawing on an impressive body of literary and historical sources, Kennedy casts old sources into a new light and gives some lesser known literary works a new importance. What is particularly admirable is her searching and subtle consideration of the myriad forms of dependence and social doubt that underlay the notions and practices of maintenance by law and service. She helps us to see the durability of social dependence as well as its historically specific weight as it bore down on women and men, the law as well as literature. Maintenance, Meed, and Marriage in Medieval English Literature will engage both students of literature and historians and should stimulate new lines of debate on the nature of medieval social practices and their associated legal frameworks." - David Gary Shaw, Professor of History, Wesleyan University


Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Introducing Medieval Maintenance

    Pages 1-13

    Kennedy, Kathleen E.

  • Maintaining a Family

    Pages 15-30

    Kennedy, Kathleen E.

  • Attaining Women

    Pages 31-59

    Kennedy, Kathleen E.

  • Retaining Men

    Pages 61-87

    Kennedy, Kathleen E.

  • Maintaining Justice

    Pages 89-120

    Kennedy, Kathleen E.

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Hardcover 83,19 €
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Softcover 67,59 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Maintenance, Meed, and Marriage in Medieval English Literature
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Kathleen E. Kennedy
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-62162-6
DOI
10.1057/9780230621626
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-60666-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-37401-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 185
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