Lordship and literature : John Gower and the politics of the great household / Elliot Kendall.Material type: TextSeries: Oxford English monographs: Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press, 2008Description: xii, 301 p. ; 23 cmISBN: 9780199542642 (hbk.); 0199542643 (hbk.)Subject(s): Gower, John, 1325?-1408. Confessio amantis | Aristocracy (Social class) in literature | Social networks in literature | Social exchange in literature | Social structure in literature | Aristocracy (Social class) -- England -- History -- To 1500 | Power (Social sciences) -- England -- History -- To 1500 | Social structure -- England -- History -- To 1500 | Households -- Economic aspects -- England -- History -- To 1500 | Households -- Political aspects -- England -- History -- To 1500LOC classification: PR1984.C63 | K46 2008
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 266-291) and index.
The great household and an economics of power -- The political economy in the late fourteenth century -- Service allegory: the great household in Geniuss confession -- Courtly love and the lordship of Venus -- Women as household exchange in Geniuss tales -- Justice and the affinity -- Retribution as household exchange in Geniuss tales -- Total reciprocity and the problem of kingship.
In a sustained new reading of John Gower's major English poem, Confessio Amantis (1390-3), Elliot Kendall shows how deeply the great household shaped the way Gower and his contemporaries (including Chaucer, Clanvowe, chroniclers, and parliamentary petitioners) imagined their world.