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A few sixty years sooner than the arrival of the printing press, the 1st political pamphlets approximately parliament circulated within the urban of London. usually vitriolic and satirical, those handwritten pamphlets suggested on a trilogy of parliamentary victories opposed to the crown often called the nice, the glorious, and the cruel Parliaments. the 1st pamphlets aspect to the lifestyles of a marketplace 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 past due fourteenth-century England, giving specific emphasis to the massive workforce of bureaucrats dwelling in London to which Geoffrey Chaucer belonged.

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26 Where do Pamphlets Come From? term referring to a book made from sheets of paper folded twice, and thus smaller than a more expensive book or folio made of sheets folded only once. 80 While subject matter plays a central part in his taxonomy, Raymond’s answer relies equally on the technology of print and the developing marketplace where, for mere pennies, booksellers sell to curiosity-seekers and Counter-Reformers alike the little ‘pamflettes’, ‘trifles’ and ‘treaties’ so reviled by Queen Elizabeth.

W. Skeat, 7 vols. (Oxford, 1897), VII, bk 3, ch. 9, ln. v. ‘pamphlet’. Strohm’s description of the Testament of Love as ‘florid art-prose’ is in ‘Politics and Poetics: Usk and Chaucer in the 1380s’, in Literary Practice and Social Change, ed. €Patterson (Berkeley, 1990), pp. 83–112 (p. 98). For a more complete view of Usk’s politics as a writer, see P. Strohm, Hochon’s Arrow: The Social Imagination of FourteenthCentury Texts (Princeton, 1992), pp. 145–60; M. Turner, Chaucerian Conflict: Languages of Antagonism in Late Fourteenth-Century London (Oxford, 2007), pp.

Taylor, W. Childs and L. Watkiss, Oxford Medieval Texts (Oxford, 2003), p. 2; and KC, p. 414. Fovent’s pamphlet however 19 Parliament and Political Pamphleteering in Fourteenth-Century England restore good government, no matter how vigorously the accused maintained their innocence or how desperately the condemned pleaded for their lives. 56 These records are themselves discrete texts, and both the official and unofficial reports often seem in dialogue with one another, each one informing and influencing the next.

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