Chaucer's Italy

Chaucer's Italy

Richard Owen
Our Price:  £5.99
List Price:  £12.99
Saving Of:  54%

Availability:  

  

In stock

Author:  Richard Owen
Condition:  New
Format:  Hardback
Pages:  208
Publisher:  Haus Publishing
Year:  2022
ISBN:  9781909961838

Geoffrey Chaucer might be considered the quintessential English writer, but he drew much of his inspiration and material from Italy. In fact, without the tremendous influence of Francesco Petrarch and Giovanni Boccaccio (among others), the author of The Canterbury Tales might never have assumed his place as the 'father' of English literature. Nevertheless, Richard Owen's Chaucer's Italy begins in London, where the poet dealt with Italian merchants in his roles as court diplomat and customs official. Next Owen takes us, via Chaucer's capture at the siege of Rheims, to his involvement in arranging the marriage of King Edward III's son Lionel in Milan and his missions to Genoa and Florence. By scrutinising his encounters with Petrarch, Boccaccio, and the mercenary knight John Hawkwood - and with vividly evocative descriptions of the Arezzo, Padua, Florence, Certaldo, and Milan that Chaucer would have encountered - Owen reveals the deep influence of Italy's people and towns on Chaucer's poems and stories. Much writing on Chaucer depicts a misleadingly parochial figure, but as Owen's enlightening short study of Chaucer's Italian years makes clear, the poet's life was internationally eventful. The consequences have made the English canon what it is today.

You may also like
Abandoned Italy
Robin Brianert
Condition: New
£34.99   £9.99

An exceptional photographic report of Abandoned Italy. Robin Brinaert has been travelling around Italy for over eight years in search of these abandoned, forbidden places. He highlights the sometimes dramatic fate of our heritage - a serious reflection on safeguarding.


Brief Lives: Geoffrey Chaucer
Gail Ashton
Condition: New
£7.99   £2.99

Italy
Condition: New
£11.99   £2.99