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Ethics and Power in Medieval English Reformist Writing

Author: Edwin D. Craun

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139484428

Category: Literary Criticism

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The late medieval Church obliged all Christians to rebuke the sins of others, especially those who had power to discipline in Church and State: priests, confessors, bishops, judges, the Pope. This practice, in which the injured party had to confront the wrong-doer directly and privately, was known as fraternal correction. Edwin Craun examines how pastoral writing instructed Christians to make this corrective process effective by avoiding slander, insult, and hypocrisy. He explores how John Wyclif and his followers expanded this established practice to authorize their own polemics against mendicants and clerical wealth. Finally, he traces how major English reformist writing - Piers Plowman, Mum and the Sothsegger, and The Book of Margery Kempe - expanded the practice to justify their protests, to protect themselves from repressive elements in the late Ricardian and Lancastrian Church and State, and to urge their readers to mount effective protests against religious, social, and political abuses.
Ethics and Power in Medieval English Reformist Writing
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Edwin D. Craun
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-02-18 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The late medieval Church obliged all Christians to rebuke the sins of others, especially those who had power to discipline in Church and State: priests, confessors, bishops, judges, the Pope. This practice, in which the injured party had to confront the wrong-doer directly and privately, was known as fraternal correction.
Ethics and Enjoyment in Late Medieval Poetry
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Jessica Rosenfeld
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-12-02 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Jessica Rosenfeld provides a history of the ethics of medieval vernacular love poetry by tracing its engagement with the late medieval reception of Aristotle. Beginning with a history of the idea of enjoyment from Plato to Peter Abelard and the troubadours, the book then presents a literary and philosophical history
Living Death in Medieval French and English Literature
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Jane Gilbert
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-02-17 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Medieval literature contains many figures caught at the interface between life and death - the dead return to place demands on the living, while the living foresee, organize or desire their own deaths. Jane Gilbert's original study examines the ways in which certain medieval literary texts, both English and French,
Logical Fictions in Medieval Literature and Philosophy
Language: en
Pages: 322
Authors: Virginie Greene
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-10-23 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Examines the ways in which traditions of philosophy and logic are reflected in major works of medieval literature.
The Evolution of Verse Structure in Old and Middle English Poetry
Language: en
Pages: 332
Authors: Geoffrey Russom
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-04-07 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book traces the evolution of traditional English verse structures from their Old and Middle origins to the Modern English period.