Nobles, Knights and Men-at-Arms in the Middle Ages

Author: Maurice Keen

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1852850876

Category: History

Page: 268

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The literature of chivalry and of courtly love has left an indelible impression on western ideas. What is less clear is how far the contemporary warrior aristocracy took this literature to heart and how far its ideals had influence in practice, especially in war. These are questions that Maurice Keen is uniquely qualified to answer. This book is a collection of Maurice Keen's articles and deals with both the ideas of chivalry and the reality of warfare. He discusses brotherhood-in-arms, courtly love, crusades, heraldry, knighthood, the law of arms, tournaments and the nature of nobility, as well as describing the actual brutality of medieval warfare and the lure of plunder. While the standards set by chivalric codes undoubtedly had a real, if intangible, influence on the behaviour of contemporaries, chivalry's idealisation of the knight errant also enhanced the attraction of war, endorsing its horrors with a veneer of acceptability.

Nobles, Knights and Men-at-Arms in the Middle Ages

Author: Maurice Keen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441139494

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 4950


The literature of chivalry and of courtly love has left an indelible impression on western ideas. What is less clear is how far the contemporary warrior aristocracy took this literature to heart and how far its ideals had influence in practice, especially in war. These are questions that Maurice Keen is uniquely qualified to answer. This book is a collection of Maurice Keen's articles and deals with both the ideas of chivalry and the reality of warfare. He discusses brotherhood-in-arms, courtly love, crusades, heraldry, knighthood, the law of arms, tournaments and the nature of nobility, as well as describing the actual brutality of medieval warfare and the lure of plunder. While the standards set by chivalric codes undoubtedly had a real, if intangible, influence on the behaviour of contemporaries, chivalry's idealisation of the knight errant also enhanced the attraction of war, endorsing its horrors with a veneer of acceptability.

Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe

Author: Richard W. Kaeuper

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0199244588

Category: History

Page: 338

View: 9972


This original and authoritative text reveals how chivalry was part of the problem of violence in medieval Europe, not merely its solution. The ideal was to internalize restraint in knights, but a close reading of chivalric literature shows chivalry also praised heroic violence by knights. This fascinating book lays bare the conflicts and paradoxes surrounding the concept of chivalry in medieval Europe.

The Hundred Years War

Author: Christopher Allmand,Christopher Thomas Allmand,Christopher Allmand!155505084!Christopher [email protected]

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521319232

Category: History

Page: 207

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A comparative study of how the societies of late medieval England and France reacted to the long period of conflict between them from political, military, social and economic perspectives.

Homoeroticism and Chivalry

Author: R. Zeikowitz

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137094567

Category: History

Page: 216

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Zeikowitz explores both affirming and denigrating discourses of male same-sex desire in diverse fourteenth-century chivalric texts and describes the sociopolitical forces motivating those discourses. He attempts to dethrone traditional heteronormative views by drawing attention to culturally normative 'queer' desire. Zeikowitz articulates possible homoeroticized spectatorial interactions between male readers and imagined or actual model knights, dramatized accounts of same-sex unions, and mutually stimulating - or competing - forces of homosocial and heterosexual desire in chivalric texts, such as Charny's Book of Chivalry , Sir Gawain and the Green Knight , and Troilus and Criseyde . He also examines how intimate male bonds are rendered sodomitically-inflected, dangerous attachments in chronicle narratives of the reigns of Edward II and Richard II.

Love, War, and the Grail

Author: Helen Nicholson

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004120143

Category: History

Page: 273

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Includes genealogical charts of kings and noblemen associated with the search for the grail.

The Household Knights of Edward III

Author: Matthew Hefferan

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 1783275642

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 6324


First extended survey of the subject, looking at the knights' activities, roles, background and service.