Chute, Marchette. Geoffrey Chaucer of England. New York: Dutton, 1946.
"A masterful recreation of Chaucer's life and times," the book attempts to show the reader an accurate portrayal of Fifteenth Century England by concentrating on Geoffrey Chaucer and the events in his life. In somewhat of a biographical tone, Chute discusses the personal and societal factors that molded Chaucer's ideas and his highly influential works.
Ker, W. P. Epic and Romance. London: Macmillan, 1931.
This is a collection of essays on Medieval literature. "These essays are intended as a general description of some of the principal forms of narrative literature in the Middle Ages, and as a review of some of the more interesting works in each period." Ker not only touches on the highly popular forms of literature during the day, but also on some of the less popular forms--English metrical romances, the Middle High German poems, the ballads, etc.
Lewis, C. S. The Discarded Image. London: Cambridge UP, 1964.
This introduction to Medieval and Renaissance literature is based on a course of lectures Lewis presented at Oxford. It is not so much a historical view of the works, but a philosophical view of the literature and its far-reaching implications. Lewis also
comments on some of the works and authors of the period.
Anderson, George K. The Literature of the Anglo-Saxons. Princeton: PUP, 1949.
Anderson focuses on two questions of importance in literature. First, he wants to know what has survived from those distant times. Second, he asks where can one look beyond in order to know more than the general outlines of the literature. He tries to tackle the entire English canon of Anglo-Saxon writings.
Brooke, Stopford A. The History of English Literature. London: Macmillan, 1982.
The History of English Literature focuses on the early beginnings of English poetry. The English literature of this time period was entirely made up of poetry. In Brooke's book, he tries to grasp the dominant essence of English poetry.
Kane, George. Middle English Literature. London: Methuen, 1951.
Middle English Literature is an attempt to apply methods of literary evaluation to certain middle English works that have until now been ignored by scholars. There are three main topics of literature that are evaluated by Kane. The topics include the Metrical Romances, the Religious Lyric, and Piers Plowman.