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Chapter 2: Land, Lineage, and Nation

Susan Crane

Title:
Chapter 2: Land, Lineage, and Nation
Author(s):
Crane, Susan
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Book chapters
Department:
English and Comparative Literature
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Book/Journal Title:
Insular Romance: Politics, Faith, and Culture in Anglo-Norman and Middle English Literature
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publisher Location:
Berkeley
Abstract:
The longer romances of English heroes usually connect exile and return to feudal dispossession and reinstatement, and double the hero's winning of land with his winning a bride to continue the lineage. As for Hornand Havelok, the law and the courts are important sources of justification for Bevis, Guy, and Fulk — though this confidence in law breaks down in the later Athelston and Gamelyn. In addition, the diffuse longer works incorporate new sources of validation for noble heroes. Motifs from epic, saints' legends, and courtly poetry demonstrate heroic worth by other standards than winning a heritage. Where these standards conflict, uneasy accommodations reestablish the heritage as the dominant value for adventuring heroes.
Subject(s):
English literature
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