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Chivalry and Exploration, 1298-1630 - Jennifer R. Goodman

Chivalry and Exploration, 1298-1630

Hardcover Published: 6th March 1998
ISBN: 9780851157009
Number Of Pages: 242

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Explorers from Marco Polo to Captain John Smith viewed their travels and discoveries in the light of attitudes they absorbed from the literature of medieval knighthood. Their own accounts, and contemporary narratives (reinforced by the interest of early printers), reveal this interplay, but historians of exploration on the one hand, and of chivalry on the other, have largely ignored this cultural connection. Jennifer Goodman convincingly develops the idea of the chivalric romance as an imaginative literature of travel; she traces the publication of medieval chivalric texts alongside exploration narratives throughout the later middle ages and renaissance, and reveals parallel themes and preoccupations. She illustrates this with the histories of a sequence of explorers and their links with chivalry, from Marco Polo to Captain John Smith, and including Gadifer de la Salle and his expedition to the Canary Islands, Prince Henry the Navigator, Cortes, Hakluyt, and Sir Walter Raleigh. JENNIFER GOODMAN teaches at Texas A & M University.

Industry Reviews

Ground-breaking study of the influence of late medieval romance in shaping the fantasies and narratives of explorers such as Marco Polo and Cortes. REVIEW OF ENGLISH STUDIES

Goodman's queste to penetrate the fantasies of European exporers makes us sensible of an important element in our understanding of the Renaissance. RENAISSANCE STUDIES

Goodman has identified a key topic for an understanding of the imaginaire of Renaissance travellers... [the] emphasis on the historical importance of the chivalric fantasy, and of its moral ambiguities, is a very timely contribution to the subject. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW

List of illustrations
Introductionp. 1
Chivalric Literature in an Age of Exploration
Towards the Rediscovery of a Literaturep. 27
The Romance as an Imaginative Literature of Travelp. 45
Exploration and Chivalry: Case Studiesp. 79
Marco Polo and Rustichello da Pisa: the traveler's romancep. 83
Gadifer de la Salle: native kings and traitor knightsp. 104
The Lady with the Sword: Philippa of Lancaster and the chivalry of Prince Henry the Navigatorp. 134
The Quest for Montezuma: rereading the cartas de relacionp. 149
The Matter of England: Ralegh among the Amazonsp. 168
The Captain's Self-Portrait Revisitedp. 192
Conclusionsp. 219
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9780851157009
ISBN-10: 0851157009
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 242
Published: 6th March 1998
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.66