A new and completely revised edition of this authoritative work, intended to encourage personal appreciation and independent appraisal by students of English. This is a stimulating introduction to the poetry composed in an age that witnessed fundamental cultural developments: the emergence of the English from among the warring tribes of Europe, their conversion to Christianity, the development of feudalism and the chivalric myth, the military adventure of the Crusades, and the growth of a vigorous citizen class in the burgeoning towns of England.
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Michael Swanton is Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Exeter.
"English Poetry Before Chaucer is interesting and thought-provoking. It is a fine guide to re-reading -- not so much a handbook to early English literature as a true 'companion', one who enjoys showing you all his favourite haunts. EL Learned, insightful, sometimes eclectic, Swanton's English Poetry Before Chaucer offers a wealth of specific reading on some important, and often-taught, poems."--English Poetry Before Chaucer, The Medieval Review Online
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