Gendered chivalry

Wilkinson, L. (2019) Gendered chivalry. In: Jones, R W. and Coss, P., eds. A Companion to Chivalry. Woodbridge: Boydell Press. ISBN 9781783273720

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Drawing on literary sources and documentary evidences in Old French, Anglo-Norman, Middle High German and Latin, as well as the material culture of the aristocracy, this chapter explores how far chivalric practices, values and modes of conduct were gendered in Western Europe between the twelfth and early fourteenth centuries. It adopts a broad definition of chivalry that encompasses the lifestyles and ideals of behaviour of those persons who belonged to the aristocracy. It examines the ways in which chivalric literature was interwoven with gendered ideas and stereotypes that reflected many of the tenets of elite society. The chapter argues, above all, that noblewomen had a central, if subordinate, role to play in the chivalric culture of the Middle Ages.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is a chapter of around 8,900 words. I will not know the page range until the page proofs arrive in the Spring of 2019.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chivalry; medieval women; gender; aristocracy; Middle Ages; culture; romance heraldry
Subjects: D History General and Old World
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D0111 Medieval history
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Professsor Louise Wilkinson
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2019 10:01
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2019 10:08

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