Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Sep 30, 1999 - HISTORY - 350 pages
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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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An excellent scholarly view of the effects (and origins) of Chivalry throughout the middle ages and the way the violence within society was support, tempered and ultimately changed through it and ... Read full review

Contents

The Problem of Public Order and the Knights
11
Evidence on Chivalry and its Interpretation
30
Knights and Piety
45
derate Chevalerie and Reform
63
Chevalerie and Roy ante
93
English Kingship Chivalry and Literature
107
THE AMBIVALENT FORCE OF CHIVALRY
121
Worship of
129
Social Dominance of Knights
189
Knights Ladies and Love
209
Chanson de Geste and Reform
231
Quest and Questioning in Romance
253
Chivalric SelfCriticism and Reform
273
EPILOGUE
298
BIBLIOGRAPHY
311
INDEX
331

Knighthood in Action
161

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