Gendered chivalry

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Wilkinson, L. 2019. Gendered chivalry. in: Jones, R. and Coss, P. (ed.) A Companion to Chivalry Woodbridge Boydell Press.
AuthorsWilkinson, L.
EditorsJones, R. and Coss, P.
Abstract

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.

KeywordsChivalry; medieval women; gender; aristocracy; Middle Ages; culture; romance heraldry
Year2019
Book titleA Companion to Chivalry
PublisherBoydell Press
Output statusPublished
Place of publicationWoodbridge
ISBN9781783273720
Publication dates
Print19 Jul 2019
Publication process dates
Deposited12 Feb 2019
Accepted06 Dec 2018
Official URLhttps://boydellandbrewer.com/a-z/a-companion-to-chivalry-hb.html
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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.

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