This concise companion provides a succinct introduction to Chaucers major works, the contexts in which he wrote, and to medieval thought more generally.
- Opens with a general introductory section discussing London life and politics, books and authority, manuscripts and readers.
- Subsequent sections focus on Chaucers major works the dream visions, Troilus and Criseyde and The Canterbury Tales.
- Essays highlight the key religious, political and intellectual contexts for each major work.
- Also covers important general topics, including: medieval literary genres; dream theory; the Church; gender and sexuality; and reading Chaucer aloud.
- Designed so that each contextual essay can be read alongside one of Chaucers major works.