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Roadworks: Medieval Britain, medieval roads

Valerie Allen is Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNYRuth Evans is Professor of English at Saint Louis University

Abstract

This collection of essays on roads in Britain in the Middle Ages addresses the topic from a cultural, anthropological and literary point of view, as well as a historical and archaeological one. Taking up Jacques Derrida's proposal that ‘the history of writing and the history of the road’ be ‘meditated upon’ together, it considers how roads ‘write’ landscapes. The anthology sets Britain’s thoroughfares against the backdrop of the extant Roman road system and argues for a technique of road construction and care that is distinctively medieval. As well as synthesizing information on medieval road ... More

Keywords: England, itineraries, medieval literature, medieval roads, navigable rivers, networks, public works, Roman roads, Scotland, Wales

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780719085062
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719085062.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Valerie Allen is Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNYRuth Evans is Professor of English at Saint Louis University, author