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Shaping Courtliness in Medieval France


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The concept of courtliness forms the theme of this collection of essays. Focused on works written in the Francophone world between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries, they examine courtliness as both an historical privilege and a literary ideal, and as a concept that operated on and was informed by complex social and economic realities. Several essays reveal how courtliness is subject to satire or is the subject of exhortation in works intended for noblemen and women, not to mention ambitious bourgeois. Others, more strictly literary in their focus, explore the witty, thoughtful and innovative responses of writers engaged in the conscious process of elevating the new vernacular culture through the articulation of its complexities and contradictions. The volume as a whole, uniting philosophical, theoretical, philological, and cultural approaches, demonstrates that medieval "courtliness" is an ideal that fascinates us to this day. It is thus a fitting tribute to the scholarship of Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner, in its exploration of the prrofound and wide-ranging ideas that define her contribution to the field.

Daniel E. O'Sullivan is Associate Professor of French at the University of Mississippi; Laurie Shepard is Associate Professor of Italian at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Contributors: Peter Haidu, Donald Maddox, Michel-André Bossy, Kristin Burr, Joan Tasker Grimbert, David Hult, Virgine Greene, Logan Whalen, Evelyn Birge Vitz, Elizabeth W. Poe, Daniel E. O'Sulln, William Schenck, Nadia Margolis, Laine Doggett, E. Jane Burns, Nancy Freeman Regalado, Laurie Shephard, Sarah White


[A] superbly eclectic but also very coherent collection. FRENCH STUDIES

[A] rich collection of essays. MEDIEVAL REVIEW


First Published: 21 Feb 2013
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843843351
13 black and white illustrations
Pages: 312
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: D.S.Brewer

Details updated on 05 Oct 2015


  • 1  Introduction
  • 2  Matilda Tomaryn: A Bibliography
  • 3  A Perfume of Reality: Desublimating the Courtly
  • 4  Shaping the Case: the Olim and the Parlement de Paris under King Louis IX
  • 5  Charles d'Orléans and the Wars of the Roses: Yorkist and Tudor Implications of British Library MS Royal16.F.ii.
  • 6  Meraugis de Portlesguez and the Limits of Courtliness
  • 7  The Art of "Transmutation" in the Burgundian Prose Cligés (1454): Bringing the Siege of Windsor Castle to Life for the Court of Philip the Good
  • 8  Thomas's Raisun: Désir, Vouloir, Pouvoir
  • 9  Humanimals: The Future of Courtliness in the Conte du Papegau
  • 10  A Matter of Life or Death: Fecundity and Sterility in Marie de France's Guigemar
  • 11  Le Roman de la Rose, Performed in Court
  • 12  Lombarda's Mirrors: Reflections on PC 288,1 as a Response to PC 54,1
  • 13  Na Maria: Courtliness and Marian Devotion in Old Occitan Lyric
  • 14  From Convent to Court: Ermengarde d'Anjou's Decision to Reenter the World
  • 15  From Chrétien to Christine: Translating Twelfth-Century Literature to Reform the French Court during the Hundred Years War
  • 16  The Favorable Reception of Outsiders at Court: Medieval Versions of Cultural Exchange
  • 17  Shapng Saladin: Courtly Men Dressed in Silk
  • 18  Force de parole: Shaping Courtliness in Richard de Fournival's Bestiaire d'amours, Copied in Metz around 1312 (Oxford, Bodl. Ms Duce 308)
  • 19  The Poetic legacy of Charles d'Anjo in Italy: Aristocratics Poetics in the Comune
  • 20  Envoi

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