Maintenance, Meed, and Marriage in Medieval English Literature

  • Authors
  • Kathleen¬†E.¬†Kennedy

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Kathleen E. Kennedy
    Pages 1-13
  3. Kathleen E. Kennedy
    Pages 15-30
  4. Kathleen E. Kennedy
    Pages 31-59
  5. Kathleen E. Kennedy
    Pages 61-87
  6. Kathleen E. Kennedy
    Pages 89-120
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 121-185

About this book


Maintenance, Meed, and Marriage in Medieval English Literature deftly interrogates the relationship between lord and man in medieval England. Employing the study of medieval analogies this book is the first to explore how the relationship between lords and retainers was depicted in literature by Chaucer, Gower, Langland, and Lydgate. Kennedy uses close readings and medieval letter collections to provide a documentary look at how lords and men communicated information about their relationships and reveals surprising information about both medieval law and society.


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