Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe
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Description: Medieval Europe was a rapidly developing society with a problem of violent disorder. Professor Kaeuper's original and authoritative study reveals that chivalry was not simply part of the solution. Chivalry praised heroic violence by knights, and fused such displays of prowess with honour, piety, high status, and attractiveness to women. Though the vast body of chivalric literature, here examined, praises chivalry as necessary to civilization, most texts also worry over knightly violence, criticize all ideals and practices of chivalry, and often propose reforms. The knights themselves joined the debate, absorbing some reforms, ignoring others, sometimes proposing their own. Complexity likewise characterized the interaction of chivalry with major governing institutions ("church" and "state") emerging at the same time: kings and clerics both needed and feared the force of knighthood. This fascinating book lays bare the conflicts and paradoxes surrounding the concept of chivalry in medieval Europe.
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Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/21/2001
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
|Issues and Approaches|
|The Problem of Public Order and the Knights|
|Evidence on Chivalry and its Interpretation|
|The Link with Clergie|
|Knights and Piety|
|Clergie, Chevalerie, and Reform|
|The Link with Royaute|
|Chevaleriue and Royaute|
|English Kingship, Chivalry, and Literature|
|The Ambivalent Force of Chivalry|
|The Privileged Practice of Violence: Worship of the Demi-God Prowess|
|Knighthood in Action|
|Social Dominance of the Knights|
|Knights, Ladies, and Love|
|Chanson de Geste and Reform|
|Quest and Questioning in Romance|
|Chivalric Self-Criticism and Reform|