Medieval English Politics and Poetry: (1) Edward II; (2) Chaucer

Seymour Phillips considers aspects of the biography of the medieval English king Edward II, whose tumultuous twenty-year reign was marked with sexual scandal, political buffeting, and international intrigue.

In the second segment [16:35], James Wimsatt discusses his book about the medieval English poet Geoffrey Chaucer and his French contemporaries.

At the time of these interviews, Phillips, a Fellow at the National Humanities Center (1987-88), was professor of history at University College, Dublin.

Wimsatt, also a Fellow at the Center (1987-88), was professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin.

This edition of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.

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