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Author Jacobs, Kathryn Elisabeth

Title Marriage contracts from Chaucer to the Renaissance stage / Kathryn Jacobs
Published Gainesville : University Press of Florida, ©2001


Description 1 online resource (viii, 181 pages)
Contents Table of Contents; Preface vii; Prologue: Marriage Contracts through the Centuries 1; Part I. Chaucer; 1. Rewriting the Marriage Contract: Adultery in the Canterbury Tales 15; 2. Marriage Ceremonies and Property in the Canterbury Tales 28; 3. Extramarital Contracts in the Canterbury Tales 47; 4. The Legacy of the Marriage Contract: Chaucer's Widows 70; Entr'acte: When the Law Changed 93; Part II. Religious and Renaissance Drama; 5. Under Stress: The Marriage Contracts of the Mystery Cycles, and the Trailing Spouse 101; 6. Unlawful Unions on the Renaissance Stage 115
Summary ''A fine historic exploration of why marriage treatments in literary texts are transformed between the 14th and 16th centuries. ... This volume has the power and evidence--both historic and textual--to revamp our understanding of crucial texts
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-174) and index
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Subject Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400. Canterbury tales.
SUBJECT Canterbury tales (Chaucer, Geoffrey) fast
Subject English literature -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- History and criticism
Marriage in literature.
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism
Mysteries and miracle-plays, English -- History and criticism
Marriage customs and rites in literature.
Prenuptial agreements in literature.
Adultery in literature.
Widows in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Adultery in literature
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan
English literature -- Middle English
Marriage customs and rites in literature
Marriage in literature
Mysteries and miracle-plays, English
Prenuptial agreements in literature
Widows in literature
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0813031052