Knighthood and Society in the High Middle Ages

Author: David Crouch,Jeroen Deploige

Publisher: Leuven University Press

ISBN: 9462701709

Category: History

Page: 330

View: 9625


In popular imagination few phenomena are as strongly associated with medieval society as knighthood and chivalry. At the same time, and due to a long tradition of differing national perspectives and ideological assumptions, few phenomena have continued to be the object of so much academic debate. In this volume leading scholars explore various aspects of knightly identity, taking into account both commonalities and particularities across Western Europe. Knighthood and Society in the High Middle Ages addresses how, between the eleventh and the early thirteenth centuries, knighthood evolved from a set of skills and a lifestyle that was typical of an emerging elite habitus, into the basis of a consciously expressed and idealised chivalric code of conduct. Chivalry, then, appears in this volume as the result of a process of noble identity formation, in which some five key factors are distinguished: knightly practices, lineage, crusading memories, gender roles, and chivalric didactics.

Royal Childhood and Child Kingship

Author: Emily Joan Ward

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108838375

Category: History

Page: 300

View: 9419


The first comparative study of royal childhood and child kingship, revealing the fundamental role they played in medieval rulership.

Identity and Insurgency in the Late Middle Ages

Author: Linda Clark

Publisher: Boydell Press

ISBN: 9781843832706

Category: History

Page: 203

View: 7361


The most crucial issues in current research are debated in the latest volume in the series.

Strong of Body, Brave and Noble

Author: Constance Brittain Bouchard

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801485487

Category: History

Page: 198

View: 6030


Medieval society was dominated by its knights and nobles. The literature created in medieval Europe was primarily a literature of knightly deeds, and the modern imagination has also been captured by these leaders and warriors. This book explores the nature of the nobility, focusing on France in the High Middle Ages (11th-13th centuries). Constance Brittain Bouchard examines their families; their relationships with peasants, townspeople, and clerics; and the images of them fashioned in medieval literary texts. She incorporates throughout a consideration of noble women and the nobility's attitude toward women. Research in the last two generations has modified and expanded modern understanding of who knights and nobles were; how they used authority, war, and law; and what position they held within the broader society. Even the concepts of feudalism, courtly love, and chivalry, once thought to be self-evident aspects of medieval society, have been seriously questioned. Bouchard presents bold new interpretations of medieval literature as both reflecting and criticizing the role of the nobility and their behavior. She offers the first synthesis of this scholarship in accessible form, inviting general readers as well as students and professional scholars to a new understanding of aristocratic role and function.

Chivalry and the Ideals of Knighthood in France During the Hundred Years War

Author: Craig Taylor

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107042216

Category: History

Page: 358

View: 6171


Craig Taylor's study examines the wide-ranging French debates on the martial ideals of chivalry and knighthood during the period of the Hundred Years War (1337-1453). Faced by stunning military disasters and the collapse of public order, writers and intellectuals carefully scrutinized the martial qualities expected of knights and soldiers. They questioned when knights and men-at-arms could legitimately resort to violence, the true nature of courage, the importance of mercy, and the role of books and scholarly learning in the very practical world of military men. Contributors to these discussions included some of the most famous French medieval writers, led by Jean Froissart, Geoffroi de Charny, Philippe de Mézières, Honorat Bovet, Christine de Pizan, Alain Chartier and Antoine de La Sale. This interdisciplinary study sets their discussions in context, challenging modern, romantic assumptions about chivalry and investigating the historical reality of debates about knighthood and warfare in late medieval France.

Knighthood in the Morte Darthur

Author: Beverly Kennedy

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 0859913546

Category: Fiction

Page: 404

View: 9725


New analysis of knighthood in the Morte Darthurbrings us closer to an understanding of Malory's text.

Knights and Warhorses

Author: Andrew Ayton

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9780851157399

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 5121


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Strong of Body, Brave and Noble

Author: Constance Brittain Bouchard

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801485480

Category: History

Page: 198

View: 3058


Medieval society was dominated by its knights and nobles. The literature created in medieval Europe was primarily a literature of knightly deeds, and the modern imagination has also been captured by these leaders and warriors. This book explores the nature of the nobility, focusing on France in the High Middle Ages (11th-13th centuries). Constance Brittain Bouchard examines their families; their relationships with peasants, townspeople, and clerics; and the images of them fashioned in medieval literary texts. She incorporates throughout a consideration of noble women and the nobility's attitude toward women. Research in the last two generations has modified and expanded modern understanding of who knights and nobles were; how they used authority, war, and law; and what position they held within the broader society. Even the concepts of feudalism, courtly love, and chivalry, once thought to be self-evident aspects of medieval society, have been seriously questioned. Bouchard presents bold new interpretations of medieval literature as both reflecting and criticizing the role of the nobility and their behavior. She offers the first synthesis of this scholarship in accessible form, inviting general readers as well as students and professional scholars to a new understanding of aristocratic role and function.

Central Europe in the High Middle Ages

Author: Nora Berend,Przemysław Urbańczyk,Przemysław Wiszewski

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107651395

Category: History

Page: 578

View: 7503


This groundbreaking comparative history of the early centuries of Bohemia, Hungary and Poland sets the development of each polity in the context of the central European region as a whole. Focusing on the origins of the realms and their development in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, the book concludes with the thirteenth century when significant changes in social and economic structures occurred. The book presents a series of thematic chapters on every aspect of the early history of the region covering political, religious, economic, social and cultural developments, including an investigation of origin myths that questions traditional national narratives. It also explores the ways in which west European patterns were appropriated and adapted through the local initiatives of rulers, nobles and ecclesiastics in central Europe. An ideal introduction to the essential themes in medieval central European history, the book sheds important new light on regional similarities and differences.