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This unique and authoritative textual content unearths how chivalry was once a part of the matter of violence in medieval Europe, no longer only it is resolution. the appropriate used to be to internalize restraint in knights, yet an in depth interpreting of chivalric literature exhibits chivalry additionally praised heroic violence through knights. This attention-grabbing e-book lays naked the conflicts and paradoxes surrounding the concept that of chivalry in medieval Europe.

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The relationship of chivalry to growing governmental Chivalry and its Interpretation 31 vernacular manuals of chivalry were written for knights and read or heard by knights. But what of the extensive body of romance? As Elspeth Kennedy has shown, knights in the very real world referred frequently and familiarly to these works of literature. A ‘two-way traffic’ connected these men of war, law, and politics with Arthurian romance no less than chanson de geste. 8 Romance and other categories become indistinguishable in the minds of those who wrote and those who read.

Cf. Barber and Barker, Tournaments. 10 11 Chivalry and its Interpretation 33 own writings, and they show by their actions that they have read it and are bringing it into their lives. Is Chivalric Literature Hopelessly Romantic? Such evidence makes it difficult to dismiss or discount chivalric literature as hopelessly romantic and useless in serious historical enquiry. We cannot expect this literature, or any other, to serve as a simple mirror to social reality in the world in which it emerged. Chivalric literature was an active social force, helping to shape attitudes about basic questions.

Ignoring another voice of warning, Balain seizes the lance just in time to thrust it through both thighs of King Pellehan, who falls to the floor grievously wounded. Although it first seemed to Balain that this stroke was justified, his monumental error becomes progressively clear. , Merlin Continuation, chs 8, 10–13, 16–23; Paris and Uhlric, eds, Merlin, I, 212–25, 233–61, 276–80; II, 1–60. , Merlin, I, 65–111, 129–97. David Campbell has also translated these passages: see Tale of Balain. 55 Balain has, of course, seized the sacred lance that pierced the side of Christ, the Lance of Longinus, and has used it against the king into whose care God had entrusted the keeping of the Holy Grail.

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