John Gower, Poetry and Propaganda in Fourteenth-Century England

John Gower, Poetry and Propaganda in Fourteenth-Century England

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John Gower has been criticised for composing verse propaganda for the English state, in support of the regime of Henry IV, at the end of his distinguished career. However, as the author of this book shows, using evidence from Gower's English, French and Latin poems alongside contemporary state papers, pamphlet-literature, and other historical prose, Gower was not the only medieval writer to be so employed in serving a monarchy's goals. Professor Carlson also argues that Gower's late poetry is the apotheosis of the fourteenth-century tradition of state-official writing which lay at the origin of the literary Renaissance in Ricardian and Lancastrian England.

David Carlson is Professor in the Department of English, University of Ottawa.


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Details

Author(s)
David R. Carlson
Format
Hardback | 254 pages
Dimensions
156 x 234 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
Publication date
19 Jul 2012
Publisher
Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Imprint
D.S. Brewer
Publication City/Country
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
black & white illustrations
ISBN10
1843843153
ISBN13
9781843843153
Bestsellers rank
2,855,598