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Reading Women in Late Medieval Europe

Anne of Bohemia and Chaucer’s Female Audience

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Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

About this book


Although Chaucer is typically labeled as the "Father of English Literature," evidence shows that his work appealed to Europe and specifically European women. Rereading the Canterbury Tales , Thomas argues that Chaucer imagined Anne of Bohemia, wife of famed Richard II, as an ideal reader, an aspect that came to greatly affect his writing.


Chaucer English literature Europe Middle Ages

About the authors

Alfred Thomas is Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. He has published eight books, including, Anne's Bohemia: Czech Literature and Society (1310-1420); A Blessed Shore: England and Bohemia from Chaucer to Shakespeare; Prague Palimpsest: Writing, Memory, and the City; and Shakespeare, Dissent, and the Cold War.

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"Alfred Thomas makes some important advances in our understanding of the affiliations between Bohemia and Britain in the later middle ages - a field of study attracting a rapid growth of interest. This coherent and persuasive study will appeal not only to Chaucerians but also to those working on patronage, cultural transmission, literary influence, gender, saints' lives, and European literature, among many other topics. Alfred Thomas's connectivity with a range of ongoing debates is impressive." - Peter Brown, Professor of English, University of Kent, UK