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dc.contributor.advisorLipton, Emma, 1964-eng
dc.contributor.authorKraft, Damon, 1978-eng
dc.date.issued2010eng
dc.date.submitted2010 Springeng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on August 20, 2010).eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Emma Lipton.eng
dc.descriptionVita.eng
dc.descriptionPh. D. University of Missouri--Columbia 2010.eng
dc.description.abstract[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] My dissertation examines the representation of merchants in late medieval poems inspired by mirrors for princes. The mirror was a genre that had an explicitly stated purpose of educating a young monarch in which the author gave the king advice on anything from how to care for his body to how to treat his subjects, providing him with a "mirror" in which he could see the reflection of a proper ruler. Although most critics discuss these texts in relation to monarchical politics, I argue that the late medieval mirror was appropriated to promote the interests of the urban mercantile elite. In contrast to the small role given to merchants in mirrors, such as the widely-read Secretum Secretorum, a number of fourteenth and fifteenth-century poets drew on the genre of mirrors but attributed special attention to merchants. My dissertation argues that in Chaucer's Merchant's Tale, Hoccleve's Regiment of Princes, and Lydgate's Fall of Princes merchants are used to model kingly virtues. By mapping monarchical characteristics onto merchants, these late medieval texts promoted an urban hierarchy.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical referenceseng
dc.format.extentiv, 152 pageseng
dc.identifier.merlinb77888169eng
dc.identifier.oclc657120400eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/8448
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/8448eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsAccess is limited to the campuses of the University of Missouri.eng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.
dc.subject.lcshPoetry, Medievaleng
dc.subject.lcshMirrors in literatureeng
dc.subject.lcshMercantile system in literatureeng
dc.subject.lcshMonarchy in literatureeng
dc.titleMerchants and the medieval mirroreng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglish (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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