‘The Works of Our Most Ancient and English Poet’: Knowing and Loving Chaucer in the Renaissance

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‘The Works of Our Most Ancient and English Poet’

Knowing and Loving Chaucer in the Renaissance

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 Monday 4 March 2024


  At the Weston Library

  Free, booking required

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About the event

In the sixteenth century, a shift occurred in the way people read Chaucer: instead of manuscripts or smaller printed books, readers were now most likely to encounter his poems in large printed collections.

This talk explores how this shift changed the way that readers understood Chaucer and his writings, transforming Chaucer from an affectionately admired poetic forefather into a foundational figure of English literary history.


Megan L Cook is an associate professor of English at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, who researches and writes about the fate of medieval texts and books in early modern England. She is the author of The Poet and the Antiquaries: Chaucerian Scholarship and the Rise of English Literary History, 1532–1635 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019) and co-editor, with Elizaveta Strakhov, of John Lydgate's Dance of Death and Related Works (Medieval Institute Publications, 2019).

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Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

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The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.

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