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Chaucer is the most widely read medieval author, and his works reflect daily life in the Middle Ages. Written for students and general readers, this encyclopedia surveys Chaucer's texts and provides background information on items mentioned in all of his works. Included are numerous alphabetically arranged entries, which direct the reader to passages from Chaucer's writings. In addition to physical things, the encyclopedia also explores the customs, rituals, and belief systems of the Middle Ages. Thus the book is a portal to late medieval culture, identifying for readers the individual items that make up the physical world of Chaucer's time. Among the many entries are pieces on: Agriculture Alchemy Armor Astrology Black Death Business and Commerce Chivalry Estates Fortune Four Humors Marriage Medicine Science Sex Surgery Weapons Wool Zodiac And many more. This encyclopedia broadens the general reader's understanding of Chaucer and his world and contributes to an ability to interpret and understand his writings. Students will value it as a guide to literature and the medieval world. Features and Benefits: Includes numerous entries on topics related to Chaucer's material, intellectual, and social culture. Entries direct the reader to passages from Chaucer's works. Entries cite works for futher reading. Provides a selected, general bibliography. Offers numerous finding aids, such as lists of entries and a detailed index. Supports the literature curriculum by helping students understand the background of Chaucer's works. Supports the history curriculum by helping students use Chaucer's writings to understand daily life in the Middle Ages. Develops solid analytical and research skills. Relates literature to history and fosters interdisciplinary study.
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