Bloody Constraint: War and Chivalry in Shakespeare

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$90.91
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $2.60
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 97%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (13) from $2.60   
  • New (2) from $99.51   
  • Used (11) from $2.60   

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.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Meron, a scholar of international law who has published books on human rights and international law as well as Henry's Wars and Shakespeare's Laws Oxford Univ., 1994, explores the broader significance of chivalry and the literary origins of modern humanitarian concerns like the Hague and Geneva Conventions. Meron uses Shakespeare's plays to illustrate 16th-century attitudes toward war, the treatment of women and prisoners, and the necessity of just war, arguing that the chivalric code moderated the behavior of the combatants. Meron's language is clear and accessible, and he provides background information that places his ideas in context. Organization of the text is loose; chapters function as essays examining one idea related to the central theme. A useful supplement to larger public and academic libraries with Shakespeare and military history collections.--Shana C. Fair, Ohio Univ. Lib., Zanesville
Read More Show Less

Product Details

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

Meet the Author

Theodor Meron is a prominent scholar of international law. He is also the author of Henry's Wars and Shakespeare's Laws (OUP, 1994), among many other books.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 Chivalry's Legacy 11
2 War and Peace 16
3 A Pagan Knight?: Shakespeare's Ancient Wars 47
4 The Homeric Wars through Shakespeare 63
5 The Brave or the Wise?: Two Conflicting Conceptions of Chivalric Honour 97
6 Chivalry as a Normative Ideal 108
7 Debunking Chivalry's Myth: Commoners, Fools, and Cynics 119
8 Principle under Stress 132
9 Crimes and Accountability 150
Epilogue 203
Index 231
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)