Book ID: CBB268443645

Scribes of Space: Place in Middle English Literature and Late Medieval Science (2019)


Goldie, Matthew Boyd (Author)

Cornell University Press

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 312
Language: English

Scribes of Space posits that the conception of space―the everyday physical areas we perceive and through which we move―underwent critical transformations between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries. Matthew Boyd Goldie examines how natural philosophers, theologians, poets, and other thinkers in late medieval Britain altered the ideas about geographical space they inherited from the ancient world. In tracing the causes and nature of these developments, and how geographical space was consequently understood, Goldie focuses on the intersection of medieval science, theology, and literature, deftly bringing a wide range of writings―scientific works by Nicole Oresme, Jean Buridan, the Merton School of Oxford Calculators, and Thomas Bradwardine; spiritual, poetic, and travel writings by John Lydgate, Robert Henryson, Margery Kempe, the Mandeville author, and Geoffrey Chaucer―into conversation. This pairing of physics and literature uncovers how the understanding of spatial boundaries, locality, elevation, motion, and proximity shifted across time, signaling the emergence of a new spatial imagination during this era.

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Authors & Contributors
Rommevaux, Sabine
Runstedler, Curtis
Salvestrini, Francesco
Jaboulet-Vercherre, Azelina
Weill-Parot, Nicolas
Speer, Andreas
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Les Belles Lettres
University of Pennsylvania Press
Presses Universitaires du Septentrion
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
Natural philosophy
Human body
Oresme, Nicole
Chaucer, Geoffrey
Bradwardine, Thomas
Buridan, Jean
Kempe, Margery
Time Periods
14th century
15th century
13th century
16th century
Great Britain
Tuscany (Italy)
Oxford University
Université de Paris

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