Languages of Power in the Age of Richard II

Languages of Power in the Age of Richard II

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Richard II's reign was wracked by problems of a social, political, religious and military nature and events such as the Merciless Parliament of 1387-8 which witnessed opposition to his rule, meant that Richard faced an underlying crisis in the prestige of the English crown. Lynn Staley believes that this was `a moment when kingship lacked a defining rhetoric' as both Richard and the writers of the time sought to control the situation and find language to express it. By consulting the writers of the time, most notably Chaucer, Staley explores how they recorded such events, offered advice and searched for a new language of power. Rather than reading literature through history, she offers `a way of qreadingq history through its refractions in literature'.The transcription begins by describing the three pillars of good civic government: justice, reverence, and love. ... manuscript that has been described as an instruction manual for the young Edward III.63) The two texts have different foci, however, and they ... 350-1450 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), 596-97.

Title:Languages of Power in the Age of Richard II
Author:Lynn Staley
Publisher:Penn State University Press - 2005


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