Bloody Constraint: War and Chivalry in Shakespeare

Bloody Constraint: War and Chivalry in Shakespeare

by Theodor Meron, Theodor Meron
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195123832

ISBN-13: 9780195123838

Pub. Date: 12/28/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Chivalry, one of Shakespeare's central themes, retains its pertinence and topicality in our rules for international humanitarian law and the conduct of war. Against a background of Medieval and Renaissance sources as well as Shakespeare's historical and dramatic realms, Professor Meron considers the ways in which law, chivalry, morality, conscience, and state

Overview

Chivalry, one of Shakespeare's central themes, retains its pertinence and topicality in our rules for international humanitarian law and the conduct of war. Against a background of Medieval and Renaissance sources as well as Shakespeare's historical and dramatic realms, Professor Meron considers the ways in which law, chivalry, morality, conscience, and state necessity are deployed in Shakespeare to promote a society in which soldiers behave humanely and readers are held to high standards of civilized behavior. In doing so, he illustrates the literary genealogy of such contemporary international humanitarian concerns as the treatment of prisoners and of women and accountability for war crimes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195123838
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1998
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
1480L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
1Chivalry's Legacy11
2War and Peace16
3A Pagan Knight?: Shakespeare's Ancient Wars47
4The Homeric Wars through Shakespeare63
5The Brave or the Wise?: Two Conflicting Conceptions of Chivalric Honour97
6Chivalry as a Normative Ideal108
7Debunking Chivalry's Myth: Commoners, Fools, and Cynics119
8Principle under Stress132
9Crimes and Accountability150
Epilogue203
Index231

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