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1948–59) The Religious Orders in England, 3 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Mann, J. (1973) Chaucer and Medieval Estates Satire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Miller, R. P. ) (1977) Chaucer: Sources and Backgrounds. New York: Oxford University Press. Scase, W. (1989) Piers Plowman and the New Anticlericalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Szittya, P. R. (1986) The Antifraternal Tradition in Medieval Literature. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Walsh, K.

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