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Who Murdered Chaucer? A Medieval Mystery Hardcover – December 9, 2004
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"More of a contextual study than a biography, it contains a great deal of valuable material and intriguing speculation."--Jonathan Bate, author of Song of the Earth
"Lighthearted, intelligent, panoramic and defiantly unbeholden to conventional interpretation, [Who Murdered Chaucer?] is based on an impressive array of primary and secondary sources."--Alexander Rose, author of Kings of the North
About the Author
Terry Dolan is Professor of English at University College, Dublin, and a lexicographer and broadcaster.
Juliette Dor is Professor of Medieval English Literature at the University of Liege.
Alan Fletcher is a lecturer in Medieval English Literature at University College, Dublin.
Robert F. Yeager teaches Old and Middle English literature at the University of West Florida.
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Terry Jones brings it to incredible, fascinating life in this amazingly readable account of the two opposing worldviews that would see a Bright King overthrown, his liberal policies churned under and destroyed by a hard-line usurper who sought power, and stole and crushed where he could not legally claim what wasn't his (tho, of course, he had a familial claim as 'they' often do).
And in the middle of this was the Great Chaucer, courtier of the King of Light, and mayhap victim of the violent King of Darkness and the closing of the mind of man...?
Terry Jones, yes that Terry Jones, along with several scholars takes us through a remarkably well thought out and well documented speculative history of Chaucer and the kingdom he lived in. I very much enjoyed, if not totally convinced by, the treatment of the sources and speculations that have taken root around this time. The one point I very much disliked was that bad Catholics tainted the whole Church mostly unfairly. Yes some other sections are also filled with cheeky remarks, but a dislike of the Archbishop Arundel, totally fair, should not leave the door opening to making fun of the Catholics down through the ages. Besides this bias, I can see the arguments having at least merit and maybe even truth on their side. Very interesting read.
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