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The Medieval Tradition of Thebes : History and Narrative in the Roman de Thebes, Boccaccio, Chaucer, and Lydgate - Dominique Battles

The Medieval Tradition of Thebes

History and Narrative in the Roman de Thebes, Boccaccio, Chaucer, and Lydgate

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As the story of the war between the sons of Oedipus and their cursed race, the Theban legend rivaled that of Troy in popularity and importance for medieval poets and audiences. Dominique Battles explores the vernacular Theban narratives of the Middle Ages, including the Old French "Roman de Thebes" (1154), Boccaccio's "Teseida," Chaucer's Theban poems ("Anelida and Arcite" (1370s), the "Knights Tale," and the Theban subtext of the "Troilus" (1380s)), and John Lydgate's "Siege of Thebes" (1422).
"The Medieval Tradition of Thebes" constitutes the first comprehensive study of the classical legend of Thebes in the Middle Ages. Far from representing a single consistent legend, the story of the civil war between Eteocles and Polynices took on a variety of forms and purposes, each of which presents its own historical paradigm. By tracing the relationship between these texts, Battles demonstrates how each succeeding adaptation of Thebes builds upon and challenges those before it.

Preface
Introduction
The OF Roman de Th├Ębes: The Ancients versus the Moderns
Boccaccio's Teseida and the Destruction of Troy
Chaucer's Theban Poems and the Persistence of Thebes
Faulty Connections: The Theban Context of the Troilus
John Lydgate's Siege of Thebes: Breaking the Theban Curse
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780415969932
ISBN-10: 041596993X
Series: Studies in Medieval History and Culture
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 6th May 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1