By Richard W. Kaeuper

This unique and authoritative textual content finds how chivalry was once a part of the matter of violence in medieval Europe, no longer in basic terms its resolution. the fitting used to be to internalize restraint in knights, yet a detailed interpreting of chivalric literature indicates chivalry additionally praised heroic violence by means of knights. This interesting booklet lays naked the conflicts and paradoxes surrounding the concept that of chivalry in medieval Europe.

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What happened was yet more terrifying, however, for he saw pass before him in the clear moonlight not an army of mortals, but four troops of tormented spirits: first commoners on foot, then women riding sidesaddle, then a great troop of clergy and monks, all groaning under torments. The last troop was ‘a great army of knights, in which no colour was visible save blackness and flickering fire. ’ Wanting proof that he had actually seen ‘Herlechin’s rabble’. Walchelin foolishly tried to seize one of the coal-black horses, which easily galloped off.

58 Keen, Chivalry, 2. 2 EVIDENCE ON CHIVALRY AND ITS INTERPRETATION ddd O U R investigation can rely in part on the kinds of evidence long used by historians—chronicles and judicial records, for example. But this book will draw heavily on the evidence available in the vast body of chivalric literary texts, a rich source much less frequently (and certainly less comprehensively) used by historians. 1 Did Knights Read Romance? 3 No one doubts that chivalric biography, chanson de geste, and 1 Elspeth Kennedy, ‘The Knight as Reader’.

We cannot, in other words, take the line that in any problem linking knighthood and order, chivalry was simply the solution. What makes these issues so much more real and infinitely more interesting is that chivalry figures on both Issues and Approaches 36 sides of the equation of order—both as a part of the problem and as an ideal solution—even if we take chivalry to mean a code, rather than simply certain men or their heroically violent deeds. The Framework of Institutions and Ideas If public order is the background issue, what focal points of power and authority should we consider?

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