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Medieval Romance & Chivalry. Characteristics of Medieval Romance. A tale of High Adventure. Can be a religious crusade, a conquest for the knight's liege lord, or the rescue of a captive lady or any combination. usually idealizes chivalry, the hero-knight and his noble deeds

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characteristics of medieval romance
Characteristics of Medieval Romance
  • A tale of High Adventure. Can be a religious crusade, a conquest for the knight's liege lord, or the rescue of a captive lady or any combination.
  • usually idealizes chivalry, the hero-knight and his noble deeds
  • An important element is the knight's love for his lady. http://www.loyno.edu/~MidAges/medievalromance.html
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Characteristics of Medieval Romance
  • The settings tend to be imaginary and vague.
  • derives mystery and suspense from supernatural elements.
  • uses concealed or disguised identity.
  • Repetition of the mystical number "3." (Repetitions of the number or multiples of 3)

http://www.loyno.edu/~MidAges/medievalromance.html

characteristics of the hero knight
Characteristics of the Hero Knight

1. Birth of a great hero is shrouded in mystery 2. He is reared away from his true home in ignorance of his real parents. 3. For a time his true identity is unknown 4. After meeting an extraordinary challenge, he claims his right 5. His triumph benefits his nation or group.

http://www.loyno.edu/~MidAges/medievalromance.html

code of chivalry
Code of Chivalry
  • 1. Thou shalt believe all that the church teaches and shall obey all her commandments.
  • 2. Thou shalt defend the church.
  • 3. Thou shalt respect all weaknesses and shalt constitute thyself the defender of them.
  • 4. Thou shalt love the country in which thou wast born.
  • 5. Thou shalt not recoil before thine enemy.
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Code of Chivalry
  • 6. Thou shalt make war against the infidel without cessation and without mercy.
  • 7. Thou shalt perform scrupulously thy feudal duties, if they be not contrary to the laws of God.
  • 8. Thou shalt never lie, and shalt remain faithful to thy pledged word.
  • 9. Thou shalt be generous, and give largesse to everyone.
  • 10. Thou shalt be everywhere and always the champion of the Right and the Good against injustice and evil.

- Leon Gautier, The Decalogue (1891)

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  • Amazing website by Georgetown University, includes info and texts in Old English, Middle English, etc. Very thorough and comprehensive study.
  • http://labyrinth.georgetown.edu