Blanche, Two Chaucers and the Stanley Family: Rethinking the Reception of The Book of the Duchess.

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  • Author(s): Meecham-Jones, Simon1
  • Source:
    Critical Survey. Summer2018, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p94-119. 26p.
  • Document Type:
    Literary Criticism
  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      Alice Chaucer
      Bodleian MS Fairfax 16
      Book of the Duchess
      Geoffrey Chaucer
      John of Gaunt
      John Stanley of Hooton
    • Abstract:
      The textual history of The Book of the Duchess challenges many spurious traditions encouraged by the apparently disordered state of Chaucer's texts on his death. The lack of contemporary references casts doubt on whether the poem was circulated in the fourteenth century or commissioned by John of Gaunt as an elegy for his wife. The first witnesses, in three mid-fifteenth-century manuscripts, contain substantial lacunae, 'resolved' in Thynne's printed edition of 1532. This article examines Bodleian MS Fairfax 16, which bears the arms of John Stanley of Hooton, a leading court functionary from a rising family. It argues that the selection of texts in that MS reflects Stanley's contact with a cultural milieu centred on the Duke of Suffolk, while the inclusion of The Book of the Duchess and The House of Fame may result from Suffolk's wife Alice Chaucer making available material from her grandfather's personal papers. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1English Faculty, University of Cambridge
    • ISSN:
      0011-1570
    • Accession Number:
      10.3167/cs.2018.300206
    • Accession Number:
      131541315
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      MEECHAM-JONES, S. Blanche, Two Chaucers and the Stanley Family: Rethinking the Reception of The Book of the Duchess. Critical Survey, [s. l.], v. 30, n. 2, p. 94–119, 2018. DOI 10.3167/cs.2018.300206. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=131541315. Acesso em: 20 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Meecham-Jones S. Blanche, Two Chaucers and the Stanley Family: Rethinking the Reception of The Book of the Duchess. Critical Survey. 2018;30(2):94-119. doi:10.3167/cs.2018.300206
    • APA:
      Meecham-Jones, S. (2018). Blanche, Two Chaucers and the Stanley Family: Rethinking the Reception of The Book of the Duchess. Critical Survey, 30(2), 94–119. https://doi.org/10.3167/cs.2018.300206
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Meecham-Jones, Simon. 2018. “Blanche, Two Chaucers and the Stanley Family: Rethinking the Reception of The Book of the Duchess.” Critical Survey 30 (2): 94–119. doi:10.3167/cs.2018.300206.
    • Harvard:
      Meecham-Jones, S. (2018) ‘Blanche, Two Chaucers and the Stanley Family: Rethinking the Reception of The Book of the Duchess’, Critical Survey, 30(2), pp. 94–119. doi: 10.3167/cs.2018.300206.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Meecham-Jones, S 2018, ‘Blanche, Two Chaucers and the Stanley Family: Rethinking the Reception of The Book of the Duchess’, Critical Survey, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 94–119, viewed 20 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Meecham-Jones, Simon. “Blanche, Two Chaucers and the Stanley Family: Rethinking the Reception of The Book of the Duchess.” Critical Survey, vol. 30, no. 2, Summer 2018, pp. 94–119. EBSCOhost, doi:10.3167/cs.2018.300206.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Meecham-Jones, Simon. “Blanche, Two Chaucers and the Stanley Family: Rethinking the Reception of The Book of the Duchess.” Critical Survey 30, no. 2 (Summer 2018): 94–119. doi:10.3167/cs.2018.300206.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Meecham-Jones S. Blanche, Two Chaucers and the Stanley Family: Rethinking the Reception of The Book of the Duchess. Critical Survey [Internet]. 2018 Summer [cited 2020 Oct 20];30(2):94–119. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=131541315