Chivalry and violence in medieval Europe

Richard W. Kaeuper

Medieval Europe was a rapidly developing society with a problem of violent disorder. Professor Kaeuper's original and authoritative study reveals that chivalry was just as much a part of this problem as it was its 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 praised chivalry as necessary to civilization, most texts also worried over knightly violence, criticized the ideals and practices of chivalry, and often proposed reforms. The knights themselves joined the debate, absorbing some reforms, ignoring others, sometimes proposing their own. The interaction of chivalry with major governing institutions ("church" and "state") emerging at that time was similarly complex: kings and clerics both needed and feared the force of the knighthood. This fascinating book lays bare these conflicts and paradoxes which surrounded the concept of chivalry in medieval Europe.

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[目次]

  • Prologue
  • ISSUES AND APPROACHES
  • 1. The Problem of Public Order and the Knights
  • 2. Evidence on Chivalry and its Interpretation
  • THE LINK WITH CLERGIE
  • 3. Knights and Piety
  • 4. Clergie, Chevalerie, and Reform
  • 5. CHEVALERIUE AND ROYAUTE
  • 6. English Kingship, Chivalry, and Literature
  • THE AMBIVALENT FORCE OF CHIVALRY
  • 7. The Privileged Practice of Violence: Worship of the Demi-God Prowess
  • 8. Knighthood in Action
  • 9. Social Dominance of the Knights
  • 10. Knights, Ladies, and Love
  • 11. Chanson de Geste and Reform
  • 12. Quest and Questioning in Romance
  • 13. Chivalric Self-Criticism and Reform
  • Epilogue
  • Bibliography

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書名 Chivalry and violence in medieval Europe
著作者等 Kaeuper, Richard W.
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 2001, c1999
ページ数 xi, 338 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 0199244588
NCID BA52226112
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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