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The paradox of the lie that might as well be true, writes Paul Strohm, must interest anyone who seeks to understand texts in history or the historical influence of texts. In these seven essays, all recent and most published here for the firstMoreThe paradox of the lie that might as well be true, writes Paul Strohm, must interest anyone who seeks to understand texts in history or the historical influence of texts. In these seven essays, all recent and most published here for the first time, the author examines historical and literary texts from fourteenth-century England. He not only demonstrates the fictionality of narrative and documentary sources, but also argues that these fictions are themselves fully historical. Together the essays institute a dialogue between texts and events that restores historical documents and literary works to their larger environments. Strohm begins by inspecting legal records that accuse Hochon of Liverpool in 1384 of threatening to shoot an arrow at a political adversary urinating against a wall, and shows how the text embodies and interconnects language, social space, and historical interpretation itself. Throughout his analyses, which cover such topics as Chaucers verses on the accession of Henry IV, Froissarts account of Queen Philippa interceding for the burghers of Calais, and Thomas Usks accusations against John Northampton, Strohm alerts us to the distortions of textuality itself while challenging our notions of invented and true.Originally published in 1992.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.