Relics and Writing in Late Medieval England Paperback

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Relics and Writing in Late Medieval England

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Relics and Writing in Late Medieval England uncovers a wide-ranging medieval discourse that had an expansive influence on English literary traditions. Drawing from Latin and vernacular hagiography, miracle stories, relic lists, and architectural history, this study demonstrates that, as the shrines of England's major saints underwent dramatic changes from c. 1100 to c. 1538, relic discourse became important not only in constructing the meaning of objects that were often hidden, but also for canonical authors like Chaucer and Malory in exploring the function of metaphor and of dissembling language. Robyn Malo argues that relic discourse was employed in order to critique mainstream religious practice, explore the consequences of rhetorical dissimulation, and consider the effect on the socially disadvantaged of lavish expenditure on shrines. The work thus uses the literary study of relics to address issues of clerical and lay cultures, orthodoxy and heterodoxy, and writing and reform.

Relics and Writing in Late Medieval England by Robyn Malo was published by University of Toronto Press in October 2014. The ISBN for Relics and Writing in Late Medieval England is 9781442628496.

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Page last updated 19th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press (October 2014)
Weight460g
Number of Pages308
Thickness19 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9781442628496
ISBN-101442628499
Product Code4492257
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