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The Resource Learning to die in London, 1380-1540, Amy Appleford

Learning to die in London, 1380-1540, Amy Appleford

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Learning to die in London, 1380-1540
Title
Learning to die in London, 1380-1540
Statement of responsibility
Amy Appleford
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Taking as her focus a body of writings in poetic, didactic, and legal modes that circulated in England's capital between the 1380s{u2014}just a generation after the Black Death{u2014}and the first decade of the English reformation in the 1530s, Amy Appleford offers the first full-length study of the Middle English "art of dying" (ars moriendi). An educated awareness of death and mortality was a vital aspect of medieval civic culture, she contends, critical not only to the shaping of single lives and the management of families and households but also to the practices of cultural memory, the building of institutions, and the good government of the city itself. In fifteenth-century London in particular, where an increasingly laicized reformist religiosity coexisted with an ambitious program of urban renewal, cultivating a sophisticated attitude toward death was understood as essential to good living in the widest sense. The virtuous ordering of self, household, and city rested on a proper attitude toward mortality on the part both of the ruled and of their secular and religious rulers. The intricacies of keeping death constantly in mind informed not only the religious prose of the period, but also literary and visual arts. In London's version of the famous image-text known as the Dance of Death, Thomas Hoccleve's poetic collection The Series, and the early sixteenth-century prose treatises of Tudor writers Richard Whitford, Thomas Lupset, and Thomas More, death is understood as an explicitly generative force, one capable (if properly managed) of providing vital personal, social, and literary opportunities. --Provided by publisher
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PU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1970-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Appleford, Amy
Dewey number
820.9/3548
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR275.D43
LC item number
A67 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The Middle Ages series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English literature
  • Death in literature
  • Death
  • Death
  • Death
  • English literature
  • Death in literature
  • Death
  • Death
  • Death
  • Death
  • Death in literature
  • Death
  • Death
  • English literature
  • England
Label
Learning to die in London, 1380-1540, Amy Appleford
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Spriritual governance and the lay household: The Visitation of the Sick -- Dying generations: The Dance of Death -- Self-care and lay asceticism: Learn to Die -- Wounded texts and worried readers: The Book of the Craft of Dying -- The exercise of death in Henrician England -- Conclusion
Control code
881848563
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
320 pages
Isbn
9780812246698
Lccn
2014024291
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)881848563
Label
Learning to die in London, 1380-1540, Amy Appleford
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Spriritual governance and the lay household: The Visitation of the Sick -- Dying generations: The Dance of Death -- Self-care and lay asceticism: Learn to Die -- Wounded texts and worried readers: The Book of the Craft of Dying -- The exercise of death in Henrician England -- Conclusion
Control code
881848563
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
320 pages
Isbn
9780812246698
Lccn
2014024291
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)881848563

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