Social texts: Bodley 686 and the politics of the Cook's Tale.

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      Examines the Bodley 686, a fine vellum manuscript, containing Geoffrey Chaucer's `The Canterbury Tales' and selections from John Lydgate's writings. Significance of manuscript to the working relationship between its bibliographical and linguistic codes; Reciprocal relationship of the codes to the sociocultural context; Stress on the importance of politics underwriting the linguistic and bibliographical codes.