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Bastardy as a Gifted Status in Chaucer and Malory

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This study on bastardy in Chaucer or Malory, takes a feminist and new historical approach to the subject, applying an illuminating critical methodology to The Canterbury Tales and the Morte D'Arthur. It shows that Chaucer is empowering illegitimacy by demonstrating that a woman born illegitimately, like the Miller's Wife, can nonetheless lead a normal life emotionally and financially. Malory goes even further, portraying important knights like Arthur, Torre, Borre, Elayne le Blank, Gylberte the Bastarde, Mordred, and ...

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Bastardy as a Gifted Status in Chaucer and Malory
1996, Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, NY

ISBN-13: 9780773488755

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