© 2006

Sacred and Secular in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures

New Essays

  • Lawrence Besserman

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Lawrence Besserman
      Pages 1-15
  3. Medieval and Early Modern Literature: Lyric, Narrative, and Drama

  4. Medieval and Early Modern History: Church and State

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 177-238

About this book


This book illuminates the pervasive interplay of 'sacred' and 'secular' phenomena in the literature, history, politics, and religion of the Middle Ages and Early Modern periods. The essays gathered here constitute a new way of applying a classic dichotomy to major cultural phenomena of the pre-modern era.


drama early modern period English literature history Middle Ages Narrative rhetoric space William Shakespeare

Editors and affiliations

  • Lawrence Besserman
    • 1
  1. 1.The Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael

About the editors

LAWRENCE BESSERMAN is currently a Professor of English, specializing in Old and Middle English literature, especially Chaucer, at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

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