Poverty in 14th Century English Literature: The Meene and the Riche
by Hazell (9781846821554)

Poverty in 14th Century English Literature: The Meene and the Riche
 
Hazell
Release Date: 01 July 2009
Format: Hardback
Pages: 233
Category: History & Criticism
Publisher: Four Courts Press
ISBN: 9781846821554
ISBN-10: 184682155X



Studies of medieval poverty tend to focus on a few works, particularly Piers Plowman and related texts, and on the indigent and rural poor. This book presents a comprehensive view of poverty at different social levels, from aristocrat to pauper, and the way in which poverty is employed as a topos to reflect social and moral concerns. The literary works, primarily from the fourteenth century and set within a cultural/historical context, represent a broad range of authors and genres, including romance, chronicle, satire, complaint, homily, hagiography, treatise, and drama, and include both well- and lesser-known pieces. There is a strong focus on the historical and literary solutions to poverty, as well as factors that influenced the complex and often conflicting attitudes towards the poor.

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