• Chivalric Heroism, Gender, and Politics: Some Observations on Chivalric Culture in the Late Middle Ages

    Author(s):
    Gero Schreier (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    Medieval Studies
    Subject(s):
    Chivalry, Gender history, Late medieval history, Masculinity, Medieval studies
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    Article
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    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/0fh3-2x78
    Abstract:
    Late medieval discourses on chivalry were heavily informed by the competitive structure of homosocial male groups. The discourse on heroism which characterizes large parts of late medieval chivalric writing can be viewed as a consequence of this structural predisposition to contest. Texts as e.g. Geoffroy de Charny's "Livre de Chevalerie", Olivier de la Marche's "Memoires" or the "Livre des faits du bon chevalier messire Jacques de Lalaing" show how chivalric heroism is created with regard to the role both of women and male homosocial competition. These constructions of heroic masculinities relate to other aspects of the historical context. In fifteenth­-century Burgundy, male performance and chivalric display were made to serve purposes of political communication.
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