A Companion to Chivalry

July 2019
8 colour, 18 black and white illustrations
400 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781783273720
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BIC HBLC1, 1D, 2AB, 3H
BISAC HIS037010, HIS027000, LIT011000

A Companion to Chivalry

Edited by Robert W. Jones, Peter Coss

A comprehensive study of every aspect of chivalry and chivalric culture.
Chivalry lay at the heart of elite society in the Middle Ages, but it is a nebulous concept which defies an easy definition. More than just a code of ethical behaviour, it shaped literary tastes, art and manners, as well as social hierarchies, political events and religious practices; its impact is everywhere.
This work aims to provide an accessible and holistic survey of the subject. Its chapters, by leading experts in the field, cover a wide range of areas: the tournament, arms and armour, the chivalric society's organisation in peace and war, its literature and its landscape. They also consider the gendered nature of chivalry, its propensity for violence, and its post-medieval decline and reinvention in the early modern and modern periods. It will be invaluable to the student and the scholar of chivalry alike.

Contributors: Professor Richard Barber, Dr Joanna Bellis, Dr Matthew Bennett, Dr Sam Claussen, Professor Peter Coss, Professor Oliver Creighton, Dr David Green, Dr Robert W. Jones, Dr Megan Leitch, Dr Ralph Moffat, Dr Helen Nicholson, Professor Clare Simmons, Dr David Simpkin, Dr Peter Sposato, Professor Louise Wilkinson, Dr Matthew Woodcock

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Robert W. Jones
The Origins and Diffusion of Chivalry - Peter Coss
The Organisation of Chivalric Society - David Simpkin
The Secular Orders: Chivalry in the Service of the State - David Green
The Military Orders - Helen J Nicholson
Marshalling the Chivalric Elite for War - Robert W. Jones
Chivalric Violence - Samuel A. Claussen and Peter Sposato
Chivalry in the Tournament and Pas d'Armes - Richard W Barber
Heraldry and Heralds - Robert W. Jones
Arms and Armour - Ralph Moffat
Constructing Chivalric Landscapes: Aristocratic Spaces Between Image and Reality - Oliver H. Creighton
Gendered Chivalry - Louise J. Wilkinson
Chivalric Literature - Joanna Bellis and Megan G. Leitch
Manuals of Warfare and Chivalry - Matthew Bennett
The End of Chivalry? Survivals and Revivals of the Tudor Age - Matthew Woodcock
Chivalric Medievalism - Clare A Simmons

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