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Who murdered Chaucer? : a medieval mystery

Author: Terry Jones; et al
Publisher: London : Methuen, 2003
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this work of historical speculation Terry Jones and a team of international scholars investigate the mystery surrounding the death of Geoffrey Chaucer over 600 years ago. An important public figure, a diplomat and the brother-in-law to John of Gaunt - one of the most powerful men in the kingdom - Chaucer was celebrated as his country's finest living poet, rhetorician and scholar: the pre-eminent intellectual  Read more...
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Named Person: Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Terry Jones; et al
ISBN: 0413759202 9780413759207 0413759105 9780413759108
OCLC Number: 52783785
Description: 408 p. : ill. (some col.), maps, ports. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Contents: The suspicious circumstances of Chaucer's death --
The court that Chaucer lived in --
Chaucer and Richard II --
The nature of Richard's rule --
A time of intellectual ferment --
The church strikes back --
Was Richard really unpopular? --
Chaucer's world changes --
Chaucer's last bloody year --
Chaucer's enemies gain power --
Chaucer in the eye of the storm --
The Canterbury tales as death-warrant --
What happened to Chaucer's work? How the Ellesmere MS was censored --
Chaucer as a political icon --
Chaucer's final days --
Did Chaucer really die in 1400? --
Did Chaucer repent? --
Chaucer and Archbishop Arundel (An ABC and The parson's tale) --
We accuse ... .
Responsibility: Terry Jones ... [et al.].
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"In this work of historical speculation Terry Jones and a team of international scholars investigate the mystery surrounding the death of Geoffrey Chaucer over 600 years ago. An important public figure, a diplomat and the brother-in-law to John of Gaunt - one of the most powerful men in the kingdom - Chaucer was celebrated as his country's finest living poet, rhetorician and scholar: the pre-eminent intellectual superstar of his time. We have a great deal of information about his life. And yet nothing at all is known of his death." "In 1400 his name simply disappears from the record. We don't know how he died, where or when; there is no official confirmation of his death and no chronicle mentions it; no notice of his funeral or burial. He left no will and there's nothing to tell us what happened to his estate. He didn't even leave any manuscripts. How could this be?" "What if he was murdered? What if he and his writings had become politically inconvenient in the seismic social shift that occurred with the overthrow of the liberal Richard II by the reactionary, oppressive regime of Henry IV? Would the dogs of suppression, unleashed by the ruthlessly ambitious Archbishop Arundel, have been snapping at the heels of a dangerous poet?" "This daring and controversial hypothesis is the introduction to a remarkable reading of Chaucer's writings as evidence that might be held against him, interwoven with a brilliant portrait of one of the most turbulent periods in English history, its politics and its personalities. Combining revelatory scholarship with the flair for narrative that marks all Terry Jones' work, the result is an absorbing synthesis of history and literary analysis that is sure to be essential reading for years to come."--Jacket.

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