Against All England

    Against All England

    Regional Identity and Cheshire Writing, 1195-1656

    Robert W Barrett

    Notre Dame University Press 2009

    Paperback 324pp

    9780268022099   Product Code: 10649

    Examining late medieval and early modern English identity from the vantage point of an explicitly regional literature, this study of pageants, poems and prose works created in Cheshire between 1195 and 1656 challenges the dominant view of the Renaissance as a break with England's medieval past. In discussing texts such as Lucian's De laude Cestrie, the Chester Whitsun plays and the Stanley family romances, Barrett demonstrates both regional continuity and the 'complex intertwining of regional and national identities'.

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