Late-Medieval Prison Writing and the Politics of by Joanna Summers

By Joanna Summers

Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy has lengthy been taken as one of many seminal works of the center a long time, but regardless of the examine of many facets of the Consolation's impression, the legacy of the determine of the author in felony has no longer been explored. a gaggle of late-medieval authors, Thomas Usk, James I of Scotland, Charles d'Orléans, George Ashby, William Thorpe, Richard Wyche, and Sir Thomas Malory, reveal the ways that the imprisoned author is gifted, either inside of and outdoors the Boethian culture. The presentation of an imprisoned autobiographical identification in every one of those authors' texts, and the political reasons in the back of such self-presentation are tested during this learn, which additionally questions even if the texts can be thought of to from a style of early autobiographical felony literature.

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For the seven deadly sins were the ‘moral grid-system most commonly used by men of the period whenever they attempted to map their inner lives’, so Hoccleve would naturally have reconsidered and sorted his experiences ‘into sin-categories’ (ibid. 396). The view that the intertextual is incompatible with the autobiographical at this time fails to distinguish between an author’s allusion to literary tradition and simplistic invocation of stereotypes, and the specific poetic reference in which an author makes transparent his subjectivity as reader and writer.

Love’s words also often demonstrate this movement towards Usk’s individual concerns, for example: ‘Wenest there be any thynge in this erthe stable? 1022–3)—moving almost within one sentence from questions of general stability to Usk’s own. The penultimate chapter returns conclusively to Usk’s individual predicament and his final reflections. 919– 20). 922–3). The differing ways in which Usk and Boethius imbue their imprisonment with a metaphorical meaning also reveal that the personal and particular are uppermost in the Testament.

Thus, if the twelfthcentury did not “discover the individual” in the modern meaning of expression of unique personality and isolation of the person from the firm group membership, it did in some sense discover [. ] the self, the inner mystery, the inner man, the inner landscape. 19 The concept of the imago Dei originates in Gen. 1: 26–7. The imago Dei is ineradicable, but has to be regained through the grace of Christ and thus the removal of sin; for all mystical theology it is important as the point in which the soul is capax Dei and hence can enter into union with God.

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