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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance

Ad Putter

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182535
eISBN:
9780191673825
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182535.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This is an innovative and original exploration of the connections between Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, one of the most well-known works of medieval English literature, and the tradition of French ... More


Introduction: Sir Gawain and French Arthurian Romance

Ad Putter

in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182535
eISBN:
9780191673825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182535.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the connection between the romantic fiction Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the French tradition of Arthurian romance. ... More


The Convention of Hospitality

Ad Putter

in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182535
eISBN:
9780191673825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182535.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines the description of hospitality in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. It compares the hospitality scene in this work to those of Old French Arthurian romances and suggests that ... More


Narratives of True Love and Twelfth-Century Common Sense

William M. Reddy

in The Making of Romantic Love: Longing and Sexuality in Europe, South Asia, and Japan, 900-1200 CE

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226706269
eISBN:
9780226706283
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226706283.003.0004
Subject:
History, World Medieval History

This chapter considers the incorporation of the courtly love ideal into the verse narratives of some Arthurian romances. It also examines the question of how widely the principles of courtly love ... More


Introduction

Karen Sullivan

in The Danger of Romance: Truth, Fantasy, and Arthurian Fictions

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226540122
eISBN:
9780226540436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226540436.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Since the end of the Middle Ages, literary critics have deplored what they saw as the credulousness of Arthurian romance’s original audience. They have assumed that, thanks to the ignorance and ... More


Unhappy endings: ‘The most accursed, unhappy, and evil fortuned’

Helen Cooper

in The English Romance in Time: Transforming Motifs from Geoffrey of Monmouth to the Death of Shakespeare

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199248865
eISBN:
9780191719394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248865.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The happy ending is often taken as the definitive feature of romance; this chapter looks at the exceptions. Each of the motifs discussed in earlier chapters can impel disaster, as Judas and Mordred ... More


The Plantagenet Court and the World of King Arthur

Jean Flori and Olive Classe

in Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen and Rebel

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748622955
eISBN:
9780748651382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622955.003.0015
Subject:
History, Economic History

The extraordinary success enjoyed by Arthurian romance in Plantagenet domains has led most historians and specialists in twelfth-century literature to see it as part of a propaganda exercise ... More


Conclusion

Ad Putter

in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182535
eISBN:
9780191673825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182535.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the connection between the romantic fiction Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the French tradition of Arthurian romance. The findings reveal ... More


The Danger of Romance: Truth, Fantasy, and Arthurian Fictions

Karen Sullivan

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226540122
eISBN:
9780226540436
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226540436.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Since the first appearance of “romance” (roman) in mid-twelfth-century France, this genre of literature has been condemned by learned readers, who view it as failing to represent reality as it truly ... More


Francophone Literary Culture on the Move: Northern Italy

Jane Gilbert, Simon Gaunt, and William Burgwinkle

in Medieval French Literary Culture Abroad

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780198832454
eISBN:
9780191888823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198832454.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter connects northern Italy with networked vectors of transmission encompassing the Low Countries, Britain, France, and the eastern Mediterranean: Arthurian prose romance is a vehicle for, ... More


Living History: Pierre de Langtoft and London, BL, Royal MS 20 A II

Jane Gilbert, Simon Gaunt, and William Burgwinkle

in Medieval French Literary Culture Abroad

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780198832454
eISBN:
9780191888823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198832454.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter discusses Peter Langtoft’s French-language epic chronicle of British history (c. 1307 and disseminated mainly in north-eastern England), and its most luxurious surviving manuscript: ... More


The Specular Madman

Sylvia Huot

in Madness in Medieval French Literature: Identities Found and Lost

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199252121
eISBN:
9780191719110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199252121.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines the portrayal of the madman as a member of a community. In Arthurian romance, the court fool Daguenet offers a parody of knighthood, while heroic figures such as Lancelot and ... More


The Art of the Storyteller

Joseph J. Duggan

in The Romances of Chretien de Troyes

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300083576
eISBN:
9780300133707
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300083576.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter describes Chretien de Troyes as a master storyteller—an innovator who created the literary tradition of the Arthurian romance, which rose to popularity with his works, was continued in ... More


Apogee: King of the Tournament, 1177–1182

Matthew Strickland

in Henry the Young King, 1155-1183

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780300215519
eISBN:
9780300219555
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300215519.003.0011
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter focuses on Henry the Young King's involvement in the tournament circuit of northern France between 1177 and 1182. Despite the renewed tensions of 1176–1177, the next five years would ... More


The Bellator and Chevalerie: The Struggle for the Warrior’s Soul

Laura Ashe

in The Oxford English Literary History: Volume I: 1000-1350: Conquest and Transformation

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780199575381
eISBN:
9780191845420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199575381.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter describes the origins and development of chivalry, asking when knights began to believe that their lives were not inherently sinful. It traces the influence of the Crusades, and the ... More


Knight or Eye Candy?: the gendering gaze in hartmann von aue’s iwein

Sandra Lindemann Summers

in Ogling Ladies: Scopophilia in Medieval German Literature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044187
eISBN:
9780813046198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044187.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter closely looks at the diegetic gaze of female characters populating Hartmann von Aue’s poem Iwein. The outside gaze, meaning contemporary readership of romances, was also primarily ... More


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