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Piers Plowman and the reinvention of church law in the late Middle Ages

Author: Arvind Thomas
Publisher: Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"It is a medieval truism that the poet meddles with words, the lawyer with the world. But are the poet's words and the lawyer's world really so far apart? To what extent does the art of making poems share in the craft of making laws, and vice versa? Framed by such questions, Piers Plowman and the Reinvention of Church Law in the Late Middle Ages examines the mutually productive interaction between literary and legal  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: William Langland; William Langland; William Langland; William Langland
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arvind Thomas
ISBN: 9781487502461 148750246X
OCLC Number: 1029791327
Description: xiv, 267 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Contritio cordis : the laughter of Mede and the tearlessness of Contricion --
Dreams of avarice : the absent presence of the usury prohibition --
Restitutio : from rule to law to justice in Covetise's confesion --
Satisfactio operis : maxim and metaphor in Wrong's trial --
Contritio cordis, confessio oris, et satisfactio operis : from symbol to sign in Patience's sermon --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Arvind Thomas.

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Focusing on Piers Plowman's preoccupation with wrongdoing in the B and C versions, Arvind Thomas argues that the poem's mobilization of juridical concepts not only engenders a poetics informed by  Read more...

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