Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Chaucer and Religion

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Chaucer and Religion

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Chaucer and Religion, ed. Helen Phillips, Christianity and Culture: Issues in Teaching and Research (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer; Rochester, NY: Boydell and Brewer, 2010). xx + 216 pp. ISBN 978-1-8438-4229-3. £55.00/£105.00. This collection of essays by a group of distinguished scholars probes contexts for and critical approaches to the subject of Chaucer and rellgion, treating questions of bellef, piety, dissent, didacticism, and scepticism, and spanning practices, traditions, and texts, as well as issues related to teaching Chaucer in the twenty-first century. Helen Cooper's introduction offers an elegant overview of the subject. Graham D. Caie considers access of the common wele to the Bible; Frances M. McCormack probes Wycllffite influence and Chaucer's possible allusions and sympathies; Carl Phelpstead explores the Artes moriendi tradition. Alcuin Blamires discusses sex and marriage in relation to canon law and theology; Helen Phillips considers the balance between emotion and rellgious teachings in Chaucer's romances. Stephen Knight turns to relations between clerics and churls in the fabllaux. …

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