New Chaucer Life Record

Prof. Sobecki’s discovery of a new document shedding light on Chaucer’s life has recently been covered by The Guardian.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/07/document-casts-new-light-on-chaucer-rape-case

The full article in English Literary History can be found at: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/726186 which members of the university can access through their library account.

Chaucer is not the only medieval writer associated with controversy about raptus (rape, abduction). Thomas Malory may have imprisoned for rape. Rape and abduction (there’s a big difference as the latter could have been consensual or may not have involved sexual assault) remained difficult to distinguish in written records at least until the eighteenth century.