Writing War: Medieval Literary Responses to Warfare

Writing War: Medieval Literary Responses to Warfare

Edited by Corinne Saunders, Françoise Le Saux, Neil Thomas

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D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

Essays consider the variety of responses to warfare and combat in medieval literature.
War is a powerful and enduring literary topos, a repeated theme in both secular and religious literary genres of the middle ages. The idea and practice of war is central to some of the most dominant subject matters in the medieval period - as well as to chivalry, to religion, to ideas of nationhood, to concepts of gender, the body and the psyche. This book considers the variety of responses to warfare and combat in medieval literature, beginning with a consideration of ideal military practice and the reception of Vegetius, contrasted with Christine de Pisan's treatise on warfare. The collection then turns to chronicling war, particularly in France, Germany and Scotland, and also covers the fictions of war, as presented in English Arthurian narratives, Chaucer, Malory, and pastoral poetry. It concludes with an examination of attitudes to women in warfare.

Contributors: MARIANNE AILES, CHRISTOPHER ALLMAND, GEORGES LE BRUSQUE, HELEN COOPER, HARRY JACKSON, ANDREW LYNCH, SIMON MEECHAM-JONES, CORINNE SAUNDERS, FRANCOISE LE SAUX, THEA SUMMERFIELD, NEIL E. THOMAS, KEVIN S. WHETTER.

CORINNE SAUNDERS and NEIL THOMAS are in the department of English Studies, University of Durham; FRANCOISE LE SAUX is in the department of French at the University of Reading.

Details

April 2004
5 black and white illustrations
246 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780859918435
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSBB, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3H, 4P
BISAC LIT011000
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Neil E. Thomas
The De re militari of Vegetius in the Middle Ages and Renaissance - Christopher Allmand
Ambroises's Heroes of the Third Crusade - Marianne Ailes
Medieval Responses to War in Rudolf von Ems - Harry Jackson
Chronicling War in the Duchy of Burgundy and the Kingdom of France at the Close of the Middle Ages - Georges le Brusque
War and Warfare in Christine de Pizan's Livre des Faits d'Armes et de Chevalerie - Francoise H M Le Saux
Barbour's Bruce: Compilation in Retrospect - Thea Summerfield
'Peace is good after war': The Narrative Seasons of English Arthurian Tradition - Andrew Lynch
Chaucer and Warfare - Simon Meecham-Jones
Malory and Warfare - Kevin S Whetter
Writing Women and Warfare - Corinne Saunders
Speaking for the Victims: Medieval Pastoral Satire - Helen Cooper

Reviews

This collection is unusually coherent and...successfully presents a large vista of medieval views of war, which are not as remote from our own as we would like to think. THE RICARDIAN
contains many threads and ideas that some of the more sophisticated military historians may wish to explore. JOURNAL OF MILITARY HISTORY (US)

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