A Coround Ful Riche: The Rule of History in St. Erkenwald
The poem focuses on the state of English politics 1380-90, alluding to the renaming of a number of temples by St. Augustine and the depiction of saints by pagan idolatry. It also provides an account on the association among language, history, religion and Richard II’s absolutist policies in London, England, in the mid to late-1390s. Moreover, the poem presents concerns about secular values associated with social unity and Britain’s history.
ELH 65 (1998): 277-95.