Chivalry and Romance in the English Renaissance

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Chivalry and Romance in Renaissance England offers a reinterpretation of the place and significance of chivalric culture in the sixteenth and seventeenth-century and explores the implications of this reconfigured interpretation for an understanding of the medieval generally. Received wisdom has it that both chivalric culture and the literature of chivalry - romances - were obsolete by the time of the Renaissance, an understanding epitomised by the figure of Don Quixote, the reader of chivalric fictions whose ...
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Overview

Chivalry and Romance in Renaissance England offers a reinterpretation of the place and significance of chivalric culture in the sixteenth and seventeenth-century and explores the implications of this reconfigured interpretation for an understanding of the medieval generally. Received wisdom has it that both chivalric culture and the literature of chivalry - romances - were obsolete by the time of the Renaissance, an understanding epitomised by the figure of Don Quixote, the reader of chivalric fictions whose risible literary tastes render him absurd. By way of contrast, this study finds evidence for the continued vitality and relevance of chivalric values at all levels of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century society, from the court entertainments of Elizabeth I to the civic culture of London merchants and artisans. At the same time, it charts the process by which, throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the chivalric has been firstly exclusively identified with the medieval and then transformed into a virtual shorthand for 'pastness' generally. ALEX DAVIS is lecturer in English, University of St Andrews.
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Refreshingly eclectic in its choice of discursive focus.... This book is highly recommended for anyone with research interests in any aspect of medievalism and the romance genre. MEDIUM AEVUM vol. LXXIII 2004
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859917773
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Series: Studies in Renaissance Literature , #11
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Alex Davis is Lecturer in English at the University of St Andrews.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Note on Transcription
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 'Not Knowing Their Parents': Reading Chivalric Romance 40
Ch. 2 The Progress of Romance (I): Kenilworth, 1575 73
Ch. 3 Castles in the Air: Quixotic Representations on the Seventeenth-Century Stage 99
Ch. 4 'Gentleman-Like Adventure': Duelling in the 'Life' of Lord Herbert of Cherbury 134
Ch. 5 'The Lady Errant': Katherine Philips as Reader of Romance 169
Ch. 6 The Progress of Romance (II): Kenilworth, Chivalry, and the Middle Ages 202
Conclusion: 'The Chronicle of Wasted Time' 235
Bibliography 241
Index 259
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