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Verba vana: empty words in Ricardian London

Verba vana: empty words in Ricardian London By Robert Ellis PhD Dissertation, Queen Mary, University of London, 2012 Abstract: Verba Vana, or ‘empty words’, are named as among the defining features of London by a late fourteenth-century Anglo-Latin poem which itemises the properties of seven English cities. This thesis examines the implications of this description; […]

John Gower’s Handwriting identified

John Gower, considered to be one of the greatest poets of medieval England, left behind several remarkable works. A scholar has now been able to identify poems that were written by his own hand, including a poignant piece about how he was going blind.

Accessus: Where Premodern Meets Hypermodern

Taking a look at Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media, a free online publication sponsored by The Gower Project

The Lover’s Confession: Three Tales by John Gower

Sarah Higley, from the University of Rochester, created this film based on three stories from Confessio Amantis: The Travelers and the Angel, The Tale of Machaire and Canace, and The Tale of Florent.

10 Things to See at Southwark Cathedral

My 10 favourite things about Southwark Cathedral.

A Burnable Book – novel starring Chaucer and Gower gets strong reviews

A Burnable Book is the title of Bruce Holsinger’s new historical thriller, set in the 14th century, with Geoffrey Chaucer as one of the main characters

Valentine’s Day Medieval Love: Books for that special someone

Love is in the air! Here are a few medieval books on the topic of love for your Valentine.

Chaucer, Gower, and What Medieval Women Want

Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower, friends and colleagues, both chose to retell the same story at roughly the same time in their story collections, The Canterbury Tales and the Confessio Amantis.

Chaucer’s Arthuriana

The majority of medieval scholars, including Roger Sherman Loomis, argue that the popularity of the Arthurian legend in England was therefore on the wane in the latter half of the fourteenth century; as a result, the major writers of the period, such as John Gower and Geoffrey Chaucer, refrained from penning anything beyond the occasional reference to King Arthur and his court.

(Un)Natural Love: Homosexuality in Late Medieval English Literature: Langland, Chaucer, Gower, and the Gawain Poet

We can examine in their works if there are any mentions of homosexuality, and, more importantly, whether these mentions bear a strong marking of late medieval English society. Do the four authors take different approaches to the subject? Do they take approaches at all, or do they omit any mention of homosexuality?

The Loathly Lady and the Riddle of Sovereignty

SESSION 3: Knowing Women – Gender and Identity The Loathly Lady and the Riddle of Sovereignty Taylor, Arwen (Indiana University) Abstract What do women want? When Freud asks this question, he is, ostensibly, looking for an answer; when Guinevere askds it, in, The Wife of Bath’s Tale, she already knows the answer. The speech act […]

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