Premodern Places


Calais to Surinam, Chaucer to Aphra Behn

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This book recovers places appearing in the mental mapping of medieval and Renaissance writers, from Chaucer to Aphra Behn. <br /> <ul> <li style=”list-style: none”><br /> </li> <li>A highly original work, which recovers the places that figure powerfully in premodern imagining.<br /> </li> <li>Recreates places that appear in the works of Langland, Chaucer, Dante, Petrarch, Spenser, Shakespeare, Aphra Behn, and many others.<br /> </li> <li>Begins with Calais – peopled by the English from 1347 to 1558 and ends with Surinam – traded for Manhattan by the English in 1667.<br /> </li> <li>Other particular locations discussed include Flanders, Somerset, Genoa, and the Fortunate Islands (Canary Islands).<br /> </li> <li>Includes fascinating anecdotes, such as the story of an English merchant learning love songs in Calais.<br /> </li> <li>Provides insights into major historical narratives, such as race and slavery in Renaissance Europe.<br /> </li> <li>Crosses the traditional divide between the medieval and Renaissance periods.</li> </ul>


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