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Gillian Rudd

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719072482

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719072482.001.0001

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Gardens and fields

Gardens and fields

(p.165) 5 Gardens and fields

Gillian Rudd

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses the use of gardens and fields in medieval texts, where they both provide a sense of retreat from the outside world and restoration of the spirit. It determines that the garden can also become a debased place of sexual delight or become a form of a prison. This chapter centres on Piers Plowman and Pearl and the importance of gardens in these texts.

Keywords:   gardens, fields, sense of retreat, sexual delight, prison, Piers Plowman, Pearl

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