Unfixing the King: Gower’s Cronica <i>Tripertita</i> and <i>Richard the Redeless</i>


in Socioliterary Practice in Late Medieval England

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780198112426
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191707865 | DOI:
Unfixing the King: Gower’s Cronica Tripertita and Richard the Redeless

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This chapter explores how Goer and the anonymous writer of Richard the Redeless intervene the orders of discourse and contest Ricardian sign-fashioning for the purpose of writing Lancastrian verse. It adds that prophetic writing and the mobilization of heraldic badges for political comment were also social recognizable modes of writing. Based on the evidence of texts such as Richard the Redeless and Gower's Cronica Triptertita, this chapter shows that these poems provide examples of social practices because the reproduce and challenge contemporary sign systems, both linguistic and visual. It discusses that in unfixing the signs of Richard's kingship, the poems intervene in one social practice of representation only to fetch up on the wrong side of another, the system of power which determines one set of meanings as legitimate, and another treasonous.

Keywords: Cronica Triptertita; Richard the Redeless; Richard II; Gower; social practice; linguistics; visual; Lancastrian verse

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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