As a contribution to what has emerged categorically in medieval scholarship as gentry studies, this dissertation looks at the impact the development of obligatory taxation beyond customary dues and fees had on late medieval English society with particular emphasis given to the emergent view of the medieval subject as a commercial-legal entity. Focusing on Middle English popular romance and drawing on the tenets of practice theory, I demonstrate the merger of commerce and law as a point of identification in the process of meaning and value making for late medieval gentry society.
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- English Literature
- Literature, Medieval
- Economic History
- Middle English
- Civilization, Medieval, in literature
- Economics in literature
- English literature--Middle English, 1100-1500--History and criticism.
- Popular literature--England--History and criticism.
- Romances, English--History and criticism.
- Partial requirement for: Ph. D., Arizona State University, 2015Note typethesis
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 172-192)Note typebibliography
- Field of study: English