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Forging Chivalric Communities in Malory's Le Morte Darthur : Arthurian and Courtly Cultures - K. Hodges

Forging Chivalric Communities in Malory's Le Morte Darthur

Arthurian and Courtly Cultures

By: K. Hodges

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2005
ISBN: 9781403967602
Number Of Pages: 208

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Forging Chivalric Communities examines how Malory presents chivalry as a dynamic code shaped by communities large and small for their own purposes, from the national effort of England to free itself of the Roman legacy to Trystram's energy as a champion of Cornwall, to women's efforts to include themselves in the chivalric world. Hodges shows that Malory treats chivalry not as a static institution but rather, as a dynamic, continually evolving ideal. Le Morte D'arthur is structured to trace how communities and individuals adapt or create chivalric codes for their own purposes; in turn, Hodges asserts, codes of chivalry shape groups and their customs. 

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"Hodges's book thoughtfully challenges the monolithic view of chivalry which most or all readers have brought to the Morte. Readers will gain useful insights from his comments. Hodges's regular return to the question of the role(s) of women in chivalric communities is likewise well conceived, and his challenges to such acknowledged authorities on the issue as Dorsey Armstrong and Geraldine Heng are stimulating." - D. Thomas Hanks Jr., Journal of English and Germanic Philology

Introduction: Medieval by a Month
A Writer in Quest for English History
Swords and Sorceresses
The Shadow of Rome: Arthur
Provincial Knights and Younger Sons: Trystram
Privy Thoughts
The Death of Guinevere
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ISBN: 9781403967602
ISBN-10: 1403967601
Series: Arthurian and Courtly Cultures
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st June 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1