The Medieval Siege: Theme and Image in Middle English Romance

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This book is the first full-length study of the theme of the siege in Medieval literature. Close reading of selected Middle English romances shows how writers used descriptions of sieges to explore such subjects as military strategy, heroism, and chivalry. Drawing on a wide range of writings in several languages, Malcolm Hebron sets the romances in a broad context, providing important insight into the medieval imagination.

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Close readings of selected English romances show how writers used descriptions of sieges to explore such subjects as military strategy, heroism, chivalry, and attitudes toward the past. Sets the descriptions against analogues in other languages, military manuals, and other literature. Among the topics are "The Prose Siege of Thebes", the siege commander in 14th-century literature, defenses at Rhodes and Belgrade, treason and tragedy at Troy, the siege of Jerusalem, and allegorical sieges. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198186205
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Series: Oxford English Monographs Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Lexile: 1620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 The Prose Siege of Thebes, Military Manuals and the Conduct of Sieges in the Later Middle Ages 9
2 Historical Sieges in Fourteenth-Century Literature: The Siege Commander 34
3 Sieges and Salvation: Heroic Defences at Rhodes and Belgrade and The Sege of Melayne 67
4 Troy: Treason and Tragedy 91
5 The Siege of Jerusalem 112
6 Allegorical Sieges 136
Bibliography 166
Index 189
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