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Susan M. Johns

the nobility, and as a result the process of writing dispersed power yet also concentrated it. He argued that literature ‘stands at the crossroads of medieval social practice and culture’.5 What is significant here is that this collective writing lesson was gendered. If the definition of literature is expanded to include not only poetry, history and romance, the main sources which Bloch uses, but also administrative documents and charters, the ways in which individual noblewomen exerted power become apparent. Charters have a particular usefulness in that they are

in Noblewomen, aristocracy and power in the twelfth-century Anglo-Norman realm
James Paz

, Christianity was organised in ways that were local but nevertheless replicable anywhere: In effect, early medieval Christianity was neither centralized nor systematized. Not a single, uniform cultural package to be adopted or rejected as an entity, it comprised a repertoire of beliefs, social practices, and organizational forms that could be adopted and adapted piecemeal. Thus Christianity jumped from one cultural and political context to another, repeatedly mutating and reconstituting itself in ways that preserved its core features. Differently put, a religion with an

in Nonhuman voices in Anglo-Saxon literature and material culture
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Arlyn Diamond

their honour, and the law and social practice enabled them to do so in a way we would find intolerable.25 Degrevant’s actions are never directly critiqued. As Philippa Maddern says, ‘the violent and destructive activities of fifteenth-century knights were thus surrounded by so great a cloud of laudatory adjectives – worthy, worshipful, manly, doughty, invincible, fierce – that no disapproval could touch them’.26 What makes Degrevant’s role as landholder different from his role as crusader is that the earl is not a pagan, a distant enemy, a usurper – he is a neighbour

in Pulp fictions of medieval England
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Geoffrey Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and John Lydgate’s Troy Book
Heather Blatt

medieval literacy practices: hearing the text, as well as apprehending it with the eye, are both modes of reading. It does mean, however, that members of Lydgate’s anticipated audience may not have possessed the writing skills that enabled them to follow through with the provision of corrections. Corrections may then have been enacted more by the most Corrective reading 41 s­ ophisticated and learned of readers, such as scribes, instead. Yet the ‘see or here’ construction, in particular, emphasizes corrective reading as a social practice, in which participation

in Participatory reading in late-medieval England