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Historical contexts of English poetry 1400-1500

Rundle, David (2023) Historical contexts of English poetry 1400-1500. In: Boffey, Julia and Edwards, Anthony S. G., eds. The Oxford History of Poetry in English. Volume 3. Medieval Poetry: 1400-1500. Oxford History of Poetry in English, 3 . Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 13-27. ISBN 978-0-19-883968-2. E-ISBN 978-0-19-198889-9. (doi:10.1093/oso/9780198839682.003.0002) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:100696)

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This chapter provides a brief historical introduction, considering the role that English vernacular poetry could play in the nations of Britain. It opens with a consideration of pandemic and disease, the shadows these cast on communities. It relates those perennial features to the changing structures of education, in so doing emphasising two important factors; first, literacy was the preserve of a small minority, and, second, the English vernacular was one among several languages at use in Britain, and not the most prestigious. At the same time, English had a place in the most élite spaces, being used at princely courts, where verse compositions in English as well as Latin were heard. This relates to the final theme of the chapter: the various milieux in which poetry could be of political or social use.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/oso/9780198839682.003.0002
Uncontrolled keywords: Humfrey duke of Gloucester, Middle English, Anglo-Latin, Latin, Black Death, pandemic, Council of Constance, William Dunbar
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
L Education > LA History of education
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN441 Literary History
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: David Rundle
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2023 08:13 UTC
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2023 09:37 UTC
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