By Clementine Oliver

"A well timed and important book...changing the panorama of political historical past and culture... a vindication of a remarkable argument concerning the skill of the medieval chattering sessions to jot down, learn, and listen to pamphlets lengthy earlier than the arriving of printing. Persuasive and compelling." Professor W.M. Ormrod, collage of York. a few sixty years earlier than the appearance of the printing press, the 1st political pamphlets approximately parliament circulated within the urban of London. usually vitriolic and satirical, those handwritten pamphlets pronounced on a trilogy of parliamentary victories opposed to the crown referred to as the nice, the fantastic, and the cruel Parliaments. the 1st pamphlets element to the lifestyles of a industry of readers hungry for information of parliament in addition to to the emergence of public opinion as a political strength. This publication reconstructs the lives of the political pamphleteers in addition to the political panorama of overdue fourteenth-century England, giving specific emphasis to the big staff of bureaucrats residing in London to which Geoffrey Chaucer belonged. Dr Clementine Oliver is affiliate Professor of background at California country collage.

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