Literature and the Cultural Elites

Ralph Hanna

in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199229123
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Literature and the Cultural Elites

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This article examines the cultural elites in medieval literature in England. There are two broad categories of cultural elites during this period. The most obvious cultural elite could be described rather broadly as clerical and this group is comprised of persons given professionally to some form of religious life. A second site of elite literacy might be described as magnatial culture, which encompasses the broad and variegated group that governed medieval England. It also describes the private book collectors and medieval book users.

Keywords: cultural elites; medieval literature; England; clerical elite; magnatial culture; book collectors; book users

Article.  10618 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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