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Narrating the Crusades: Loss and Recovery in Medieval and Early Modern English Literature (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature)

Manion, Lee

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ISBN 10: 1107057817 / ISBN 13: 9781107057814
Published by Cambridge University Press, U.S.A., 2014
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Title: Narrating the Crusades: Loss and Recovery in...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

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In Narrating the Crusades, Lee Manion examines crusading's narrative-generating power as it is reflected in English literature from c.1300 to 1604. By synthesizing key features of crusade discourse into one paradigm, this book identifies and analyzes the kinds of stories crusading produced in England, uncovering new evidence for literary and historical research as well as genre studies. Surveying medieval romances including Richard Cœur de Lion, Sir Isumbras, Octavian, and The Sowdone of Babylone alongside historical practices, chronicles, and treatises, this study shows how different forms of crusading literature address cultural concerns about collective and private action. These insights extend to early modern writing, including Spenser's Faerie Queene, Marlowe's Tamburlaine, and Shakespeare's Othello, providing a richer understanding of how crusading's narrative shaped the beginning of the modern era. This first full-length examination of English crusading literature will be an essential resource for the study of crusading in literary and historical contexts.

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This wide-ranging study is the first to demonstrate how English literature continued to engage with crusading from the medieval tales of Richard the Lionheart all the way to Shakespeare. It provides a richer understanding of the impact of the crusades on narrative patterns and the beginning of the modern era.

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