The late medieval galaunt tradition in England: The form and function of a satirical youth figure
Supervisors: Professor Wendy Scase
The ‘Galaunt’ is a satirical representation of dissolute youth that is extremely prevalent in the literature and visual art of later medieval England. Despite its importance it has never been the subject of an in-depth study, a situation that my PhD research aims to rectify.
I am mapping the changing cultural significance of the figure, from the minority rule of Richard II to that of Edward VI, by placing key examples in their socio-political and artistic context.
In so doing, my study will also help to shed light on the thriving youth culture of the period.