This section is intended to collect and annotate links which deal with Chaucer’s life and times, general historical and background information. Remember the broad range of organized resources offered by Labyrinth and ORB.
A series of pages. “Intended to provide a brief overview of the conditions at the end of Europe’s Middle Ages, the tutorial is presented in a series of chapters that summarize the economic, political, religious, and intellectual environment of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The main objective of the tutorial is to furnish a baseline against which the vast changes of the following centuries may be measured.” Pages on Economy, Feudal Institutions, New Monarchies, Holy Roman Empire, Italy’s City-States, Eastern Europe, Ottoman Turks, The Church, Literature, Intellectual Life, Visual Arts, and Music. (4/6/99)
Edwin Duncan offers links concerning Medieval Life on the Internet Resources Page of his Chaucer site.
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