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Chapter 5: Adapting Conventions of Courtliness

Susan Crane

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Chapter 5: Adapting Conventions of Courtliness
Author(s):
Crane, Susan
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Book chapters
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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
Abstract:
Two young men seeking brides illustrate what happens to ideas of love and chivalry between the twelfth and the fourteenth centuries. These two courtships trace a change in the relation of literary ideals and historical practice, from superficial imitation to serious and life-risking engagement. Critics have attributed the change itself to royal programs of control and to increasing economic constraints on the barony, as well as to the stimulus of chivalric literature. During the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries the landholding class lost economic ground to the expanding mercantile sector and later to labor, and yielded political terrain to the crown.
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English literature
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