John Capgrave's Fifteenth Century (The Middle Ages Series) by Karen A. Winstead PDF

By Karen A. Winstead

Britain of the 15th century was once rife with social switch, non secular dissent, and political upheaval. Amid this ferment lived John Capgrave—Austin friar, health care provider of theology, best determine in East Anglian society, and famous writer. Nowhere are the tensions and anxieties of this severe interval, spanning the shut of the medieval and the sunrise of early sleek eras, extra eloquently conveyed than in Capgrave's works.

John Capgrave's 15th Century is the 1st e-book to discover the foremost topics of Capgrave's writings and to narrate these topics to fifteenth-century political and cultural debates. targeting Capgrave's later works, in particular these in English and addressed to put audiences, it teases out thematic threads which are heavily interwoven in Capgrave's center English oeuvre: piety, intellectualism, gender, and social accountability. It refutes the still-prevalent view of Capgrave as a spiritual and political reactionary and indicates, relatively, that he used conventional genres to advertise his personal self sustaining perspective on essentially the most urgent controversies of his day, together with debates over vernacular theology, orthodoxy and dissent, lay (and relatively woman) spirituality, and the country of the dominion less than Henry VI.

The booklet situates Capgrave as a determine either within the bright literary tradition of East Anglia and in eu highbrow historical past. John Capgrave's 15th Century bargains a clean view of orthodoxy and dissent in past due medieval England and may curiosity scholars of hagiography, spiritual and cultural heritage, and Lancastrian politics and society.

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