The Knight's Tale is one of the most controversial of all the Canterbury Tales. Does Chaucer portray Theseus, the duke of Athens whose actions dominate the tale, as an ideal ruler, one who is noble, wise and chivalrous, or does the duke's behaviour reveal him to be immoral, self-seeking and tyrannical? This book (now in a corrected second printing) assesses the duke's conduct and thought in terms of the ideals set out in medieval mirrors for princes, particularly in Giles of Rome's De Regimine Principum. It argues that, when judged by the standards of these works, Theseus can be seen as a model prince in terms of his self-government ('ethics'), his rule of his household ('economics'), his governance of his realm ('politics) and his cosmography and philosophy.
Wisdom and Chivalry
Edited by Gregory Heyworth and Daniel E. O'Sullivan; with Frank Coulson
Les Eschéz d’Amours constitutes a vast encyclopedic allegory in the tradition of the Roman de la Rose, treating matters of love, politics, economics, music, medicine, courtly learning and leisures in the age of Charles V.
Philip Ford, University of Cambridge
In The Judgment of Palaemon, Philip Ford examines the relationship between vernacular and neo-Latin poetry in Renaissance France, the factors that fed into language choice, and the extent of the collaboration between the two language communities.
Edited by Marina S. Brownlee, Princeton University, and Dimitri Gondicas, Princeton University
This book offers a series of explorations of the cultural interactions (social, political, economic, religious and artistic) that were instrumental in articulating how the empires of Byzantium and the West each defined themselves amid and against one another.
Edited by Larissa Tracy and Jeff Massey
Capitalizing upon the enduring fascination with decapitation in European culture, this collection examines--through a variety of critical lenses--the recurring "roles/rolls" of severed human heads in the medieval and early modern imagination.
Edited by Kimberly K. Bell and Julie Nelson Couch
This book serves as the essential companion to the late thirteenth-century, Middle English manuscript, Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Laud Misc. 108. It marks a collaborative effort by scholars who investigate the codicological and contextual features of this manuscript’s vernacular poems.
The basic concept of this book is that in spite of the borrowed Arabic poetical values, medieval Hebrew poetry stubbornly distanced itself from Arabic poetry. The conclusive result of an in-depth comparative examination is that Hebrew poetry combined selective Arabic poetical values with ethical ...
Bridget K. Balint
This book investigates five innovative twelfth-century prosimetrical texts inspired by Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy, the difficulties that arose when these writers attempted to recapture Boethian certainty, and the survival of aspects of this literary mode in later Latin and vernacular ...
In exploring the identities of foreign fighters seeking glory abroad, this revisionist book challenges the traditional view of Beowulf as a "hero." Beowulf emphasizes the obligations attending excellence and the temptation of power, both personal and civic.
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