Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe

Paperback | April 15, 2001

byRichard Kaeuper

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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 displaysof 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. Theknights 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 theknighthood. This fascinating book lays bare these conflicts and paradoxes which surrounded the concept of chivalry in medieval Europe.

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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 displaysof prowess with honour, piety, high-status, ...

Richard Kaeuper is at University of Rochester, New York State.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:350 pages, 8.98 × 5.75 × 0.79 inPublished:April 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrologueIssues and Approaches1. The Problem of Public Order and the Knights2. Evidence on Chivalry and its InterpretationThe Link with Clergie3. Knights and Piety4. Clergie, Chevalerie, and ReformThe Link with Royaute5. Chevaleriue and Royaute6. English Kingship, Chivalry, and LiteratureThe Ambivalent Force of Chivalry7. The Privileged Practice of Violence: Worship of the Demi-God Prowess8. Knighthood in Action9. Social Dominance of the Knights10. Knights, Ladies, and Love11. Chanson de Geste and Reform12. Quest and Questioning in Romance13. Chivalric Self-Criticism and ReformEpilogueBibliography

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`What Kaeuper demonstrates most effectively from multiple viewpoints is that the ordo of Chevalerie established its own peculiar relationship with secular and ecclesiastical authority.'Steven Isaac, BMR.