Month: November 2013


Gower’s “Confessio” and the “Nova statuta Angliae”: royal lessons in English law

In the following discussion, I will explore some hitherto unexamined links between the Confessio Amantis and one of these legal texts, the Nova Statuta Angliae or New Statutes of England, which circulated among professional and non-professional readers in the 1380s and 1390s and which Richard II received in a manuscript now in Cambridge: St. John’s College MS A.7.


Beowulf: a regime of enforcement

I approach the Beowulf text as a discourse valuable in the process of constituting early Germanic kingdoms, specifically, Denmark and those which would give name to England. I will talk about the possible relationship between the poem and events in Denmark, then suggest how similar connections may have obtained in early Britain.