Two of the most important spots are the royal weddings that bookend Thomas's material: the marriage of Anne of Bohemia
and Richard II in 1382, which defined the Bohemian aesthetic of the Ricardian court, and the wedding of Elizabeth Stuart to Frederick V, Elector Palatine, later King of Bohemia, in 1613: the couple fled Prague in the aftermath of the Battle of the White Mountain in 1620, which brought the longstanding Bohemian tradition of religious tolerance to a close.
24 Anne of Bohemia
was the wife of which English king?
He was a widower of 27 at the time, having married his first wife Anne of Bohemia
when he was 15.
She describes the role of Christine de Pizan in mapping the routes to agency, the tradition of the good wife, whose virtue helps to construct social stability and well-being, the association with Oresme's translation of Plato's Politics, the power of the image and voice of the Virgin in lay spirituality, the coming together of intercessory modes in the extraordinary life of Anne of Bohemia
, Richard II's queen, and the new agency of mediation and associative polity of such women as Catherine of Aragon.
But it is certainly not outre, in the light of John Bowers's recent book-length argument that the poem consoles Richard II for the death of Anne of Bohemia
. And, whatever the plausibility of Staley's claim, the article is impressive for its sheer argumentative dexterity which extends from the amassing of detail about Thomas and the Minories to detailed considerations of Pearl's rhetoric and its social effects.
On this, and on many other occasions, Wallace proves himself a historicist to rank alongside Strohm and Patterson, thickening close literary analyses with a dazzling series of contextualizing studies, whether on the nature of Florentine society at the time of Chaucer's visit in 1373, or criminal activities in London, or Richard II and his Cheshire archers, or on the identity and origin of Richard II's queen, Anne of Bohemia
, and the significance of Bohemian culture at the English court.
Often thought to commemorate the marriage of Richard II to Anne of Bohemia
in 1382, it describes a conference of birds who meet to choose their mates on St.
Links between Valentine and romantic love were first thought to have been made by Chaucer in a poem honouring the anniversary of the engagement of Richard II and Anne of Bohemia
. However, some scholars think his "Volantynys Day" might have been a reference to May 2, the saint's day for Valentine of Genoa.
IN 1392, IN A RECONCILIATION with the City of London after a quarrel involving money, Richard II and his queen Anne of Bohemia
made a triumphal formal entry into the city.
Wallace argues that for Chaucer and for England, Anne of Bohemia
, wife of Richard II, "symbolized a historical alternative to the polity pursued by 'tyraunts of Lumbardye,' a form of rule where masculine 'wilfulhede' and self-aggrandizement turn a deaf ear to the moderating persuasions embodied in the person of an eloquent wife" (377).