Although Chaucer is typically labeled as the "Father of English Literature," evidence shows that his work appealed to Europe and specifically European women. Rereading the Canterbury Tales , Thomas argues that Chaucer imagined Anne of Bohemia, wife of famed Richard II, as an ideal reader, an aspect that came to greatly affect his writing.
Alfred Thomas is Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. He has published eight books, including, Anne's Bohemia: Czech Literature and Society (1310-1420); A Blessed Shore: England and Bohemia from Chaucer to Shakespeare; Prague Palimpsest: Writing, Memory, and the City; and Shakespeare, Dissent, and the Cold War.
1. Devotional Texts for Royal Princesses in Late Medieval Bohemia
2. Writing Jews, Writing Women: "The Prioress's Tale" and the Sacred Drama of Medieval Europe
3. The Lady as Saint: "The Second Nun's Tale," , and the Czech
4. Dangerous Amazons: Sexual and Textual Rivalry in "The Knight's Tale" and
5. Powerful Wives and Captive Knights: "The Wife of Bath's Tale," , and the Czech Chivalric Romances
6. Women Defended, Women Defamed: , , and The