Chivalry / Edition 1

Chivalry / Edition 1

by Maurice Keen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300107676

ISBN-13: 9780300107678

Pub. Date: 01/11/2005

Publisher: Yale University Press

Chivalry—with its pageants, heraldry, and knights in shining armor—was a social ideal that had a profound influence on the history of early modern Europe. In this eloquent and richly detailed book, a leading medieval historian discusses the complex reality of chivalry: its secular foundations, the effects of the Crusades, the literature of knighthood,

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Chivalry—with its pageants, heraldry, and knights in shining armor—was a social ideal that had a profound influence on the history of early modern Europe. In this eloquent and richly detailed book, a leading medieval historian discusses the complex reality of chivalry: its secular foundations, the effects of the Crusades, the literature of knighthood, and its ethos of the social and moral obligations of nobility.
“This is a rich book, making effective use of all sorts of documents and illustrations. Keen moves easily across Europe in search of the international spirit of chivalry. . . . The pageantry he presents is colorful and his conclusions uplifting.”—David Herlihy, New York Times Book Review
“An elegantly written, important book.”—Carolly Erickson, Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Splendid. . . . Keen is exemplary in the use he makes of many kinds of medieval literature, epic and lyric poetry, family and military histories, didactic treatises, translations into the vernacular of books of the Bible and of works from ancient Rome.”—R.C. Smail, New York Review of Books
“Original [and] beguiling.”—Fiona MacCarthy, Times (London)
“A most readable and comprehensive survey: stimulating, informative, a splendid creation of context.”—Nicholas Orme, Times Higher Education Supplement
“All historians of Western society . . . will do well to refer to this book.”—Georges Duby, Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300107678
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
01/11/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
939,354
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

IIntroduction : the idea of chivalry1
IIThe secular origins of chivalry18
IIIChivalry, the church and the crusade44
IVThe ceremony of dubbing to knighthood64
VThe rise of the tournament83
VIThe historical mythology of chivalry102
VIIHeraldry and heralds125
VIIIThe idea of nobility143
IXArms, nobility and honour162
XThe secular orders of chivalry179
XIPageantry, tournies and solemn vows200
XIIChivalry and war219
XIIIConclusion238

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