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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


Country Matters

Simon Palfrey

in Late Shakespeare: A New World of Words

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186892
eISBN:
9780191674600
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186892.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter examines the depiction of the rural landscape in William Shakespeare's romances. It suggests that Shakespeare's wilderness, deserts, fields, and caves show a world both beyond and in ... More


The Nature of Love: Courtly and Romantic

Irving Singer

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262512732
eISBN:
9780262315128
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262512732.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This second volume of the author’s trilogy The Nature of Love studies the ideas and ideals of medieval courtly love and nineteenth-century Romantic love, as well as the transition between these two ... More


Biblical Narratives

ANNETTE VOLFING

in John the Evangelist and Medieval German Writing: Imitating the Inimitable

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199246847
eISBN:
9780191714597
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246847.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, European Literature

This chapter covers a range of biblical narratives and looks particularly at the challenges faced by narrators when engaging with the figure of John. The first section considers narratives based on ... More


Notes Toward a Gendered History of Italian Literature, with a Discussion of Dante's Beatrix Loquax

Teodolinda Barolini

in Dante and the Origins of Italian Literary Culture

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823227037
eISBN:
9780823241019
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823227037.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The dialectic between courtly and anti-courtly ideologies is a historical constant in the early Italian tradition: it is present not only in Dante, but in poets before Dante, like Guittone d'Arezzo, ... More


The Chivalric Turn: Conduct and Hegemony in Europe before 1300

David Crouch

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780198782940
eISBN:
9780191826160
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198782940.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History, Social History

This is a book about the medieval obsession with defining and practising superior conduct and the social consequences that followed from it. It is also a book about how historians since the ... More


Courtesy and Chivalry in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Greg Walker

in Reading Literature Historically: Drama and Poetry from Chaucer to the Reformation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780748681013
eISBN:
9780748684434
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681013.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Chapter four considers the celebrated opening fitt of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, suggesting how its rich depiction of conduct at King Arthur’s court serves to exemplify and interrogate ... More


Warrior-tales at Hinterland Courts in North India, c. 1370–1550*

Ramya Sreenivasan

in After Timur Left: Culture and Circulation in Fifteenth-Century North India

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199450664
eISBN:
9780199085019
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199450664.003.0009
Subject:
History, Indian History

Between the mid-fourteenth and mid-sixteenth centuries, when Delhi’s power shrank to that of a regional kingdom, a number of chieftains rose to power as rulers of small kingdoms and lineages. Such ... More


Laughter and Power at Henry II’s Court

Peter J. A. Jones

in Laughter and Power in the Twelfth Century

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198843542
eISBN:
9780191879364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198843542.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Social History

Chapter 3 shows how laughter became both a strategy for survival and a means for covert communication in the tense political environment of Henry II’s court. Contemporary writers described how public ... More


Introduction: Laughter and Power in Medieval Europe

Peter J. A. Jones

in Laughter and Power in the Twelfth Century

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198843542
eISBN:
9780191879364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198843542.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Social History

The Introduction discusses how, towards the end of the twelfth century, enigmatically powerful images of laughing kings and saints began to appear in texts circulating at the English royal court. At ... More


Conquests, Kings, and Transformations

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/9780199575381.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter begins by considering the scattered writings produced in the decades following the Norman Conquest, and the role of their accounts of miracles and visions in re-creating a sense of ... More


It Is Different with Us: Love, Individuality, and Fiction

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/9780199575381.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter considers the literary representation of love in both religious and secular texts in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. It discusses the ‘sexuality’ of religious devotion, and the ... More


The Squire

Craig Taylor

in Historians on Chaucer: The 'General Prologue' to the Canterbury Tales

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199689545
eISBN:
9780191802669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689545.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Poetry

Inspired by the desire to win the love of his lady, the Squire has fought in the Hundred Years War, perhaps on the earl of Buckingham’s expedition to Flanders, Artois, and Picardy of 1380. He is ... More


‘Feeling Pleasures’: Allegory and Intimacy in The Faerie Queene

Joe Moshenska

in Feeling Pleasures: The Sense of Touch in Renaissance England

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780198712947
eISBN:
9780191781377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712947.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores the role of touch in The Faerie Queene. Spenser seemingly warns against the dangerous ‘feeling pleasures’ of touch in his allegory of the human body in the Book of Temperance, ... More


The Chivalric Virus

David Crouch

in The Chivalric Turn: Conduct and Hegemony in Europe before 1300

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780198782940
eISBN:
9780191826160
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198782940.003.0014
Subject:
History, European Medieval History, Social History

The final chapter and conclusion of the book validates the Enlightenment idea of chivalric knighthood—a shared explanation of superior behaviour which emerged into the full consciousness of medieval ... More


The Origins of Cortesia

David Crouch

in The Chivalric Turn: Conduct and Hegemony in Europe before 1300

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780198782940
eISBN:
9780191826160
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198782940.003.0003
Subject:
History, European Medieval History, Social History

Superior conduct before the chivalric turn was defined across Europe as something called Courtliness (Lat. curialitas, Fr. courtoisie, Occ./It. cortesia, MHG Hofzuht). Using the early twelfth-century ... More


Villeins, Villains and Vilonie

David Crouch

in The Chivalric Turn: Conduct and Hegemony in Europe before 1300

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780198782940
eISBN:
9780191826160
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198782940.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Medieval History, Social History

Medieval society had ways of reinforcing social boundaries. Cortoisie as superior conduct was further defined by the literary concept of Vilonie, its dark opposite. The character of the ‘villain’ was ... More


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