Loyalty and Riches in Wolfram's Parzival

Loyalty and Riches in Wolfram's Parzival

by Randal Sivertson
     
 

ISBN-10: 3631345739

ISBN-13: 9783631345733

Pub. Date: 04/01/1999

Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated

This study of Wolfram's Parzival concentrates on service for riches in medieval knighthood. The epic is interpreted as a conflict between reciprocal feudal loyalty and self-centered mercenary service. The actions of Gahmuret, Anfortas, Parzival, and Feirefiz are held up against the historical background of the crusades, where service for abstract ideals is

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Overview

This study of Wolfram's Parzival concentrates on service for riches in medieval knighthood. The epic is interpreted as a conflict between reciprocal feudal loyalty and self-centered mercenary service. The actions of Gahmuret, Anfortas, Parzival, and Feirefiz are held up against the historical background of the crusades, where service for abstract ideals is undermined by service for material gain. Although the power of riches is subdued by the sword in the end, the author maintains that the Parzival is an heroic defense of feudal values in an historical state of decline. He also criticizes traditional Parzival interpretations based on the chivalric system of the virtues, religious didactics, courtly love relationships, and dynastic relationships.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783631345733
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/1999
Pages:
259
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival - Chrétien de Troyes' Le roman de Perceval - Ehrismann's Das ritterliche Tugendsystem - The Grail - minne - sippe - rîcheit - triuwe - Feudal loyalty - Mercenary service - Knighthood.

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