Chaucer’s Legendary Good Women

1998 | 352 Pages | ISBN: 0521416558 | PDF | 7 MB


Chaucer’s Legend of Good Women is a testament to the disparate views of women prevalent in the Middle Ages. Dr. Percival contends that the complex medieval notion of Woman informs the structure of the poem: in the Prologue Chaucer praises conventional ideas of female virtue, while in the Legends he demonstrates a humorous skepticism, apparently influenced by a contemporary antifeminist tradition. This is a comprehensive account of the Legend’s interpretative puzzles, which does not ignore the element of political writing and adds to a close and nuanced reading of the text an examination of literary, historical and social contexts.

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