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By Marion Turner

Chaucerian Conflict explores the textual atmosphere of London within the 1380s and 1390s, revealing a language of betrayal, surveillance, slander, treason, uprising, wrong idealism, and corrupted compaignyes. Taking a strongly interdisciplinary process, it examines how discourses approximately social antagonism paintings throughout other forms of texts written at the moment, together with Chaucer's House of Fame, Troilus and Criseyde, and Canterbury Tales, and different literary texts resembling St Erkenwald, Gower's Vox clamantis, Usk's Testament of Love, and Maidstone's Concordia. Many non-literary texts also are mentioned, together with the Mercers' Petition, Usk's Appeal, the guild returns, judicial letters, de Mezieres's Letter to Richard II, and chronicle accounts.

These have been tumultuous a long time in London: many of the conflicts and difficulties mentioned comprise the Peasants' rebellion, the mayoral rivalries of the 1380s, the cruel Parliament, slander laws, and modern suspicion of city institutions. whereas modern texts attempt to carry out wish for the long run, or think an prior Golden Age, Chaucer's texts foreground social clash and antagonism. although so much critics have promoted an idea of Chaucer's texts as basically socially positive and congenial, Marion Turner argues that Chaucer provides a imaginative and prescient of a society that's necessarily divided and destructive.

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