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Published: 01 January 2002

400 Pages

6 X 9 inches

ISBN: 9780859896337

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English Poetry Before Chaucer

M.J. Swanton

Liverpool University Press

Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies LUP

A new and completely revised edition of this authoritative work, intended to encourage personal appreciation and independent appraisal by students of English. This is a stimulating introduction to the poetry composed in an age that witnessed fundamental cultural developments: the emergence of the English from among the warring tribes of Europe, their conversion to Christianity, the development of feudalism and the chivalric myth, the military adventure of the Crusades, and the growth of a vigorous citizen class in the burgeoning towns of England.