Session Title

Seeing Red, Wearing Green: Cultures of Vengeance and the Code of Chivalry

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Durham Univ.

Organizer Name

Abigail Steed

Organizer Affiliation

Durham Univ.

Presider Name

Giles E. M. Gasper

Presider Affiliation

Durham Univ.

Paper Title 1

The (Im)morality of Vengeance in the Old English Literary Corpus and Early French Romance

Presenter 1 Name

Abigail Steed

Paper Title 2

"Euery mann that shuld do a poynt of worshippe shuld haue to hymself a marke of worshippe in tokyn of his dughtynes": The Materiality of Type and Token Identity Symbolism in Medieval Heraldic Writing and Romance

Presenter 2 Name

Michael J. Huxtable

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Durham Univ.

Start Date

10-5-2018 3:30 PM

Session Location

Bernhard 211

Description

This session will explore different perspectives on chivalric society in the Middle Ages. The contrasting ways in which romance authors conjured the ideals of the society they write about, with the realities of that in which they lived and wrote, allows questions of continuity and discontinuity with previous models, values and their expression. The session will focus on the deeper roots of chivalry’s social and literary models, investigating, for example, the cultures of vengeance from the later 11th and 12th centuries, with appeal to the earlier Middle Ages, which, in religious, social and literary terms chivalric codes inherited. The social location of chivalric ideas, especially as connected to visual and ritual aspects, will also be scrutinised, as well as they ways in which such performative moments contributed to the formation of chivalric identities. How chivalric romance navigated overlapping themes of vengeance, status, virtues and vices forms another area which this session seeks to open up. Papers for the session will take on themes of moralistic social commentary as expressed through literary representations, the role of affirmative ritual in upholding chivalric identities, and the philosophical ideas that lie behind observable heraldic expression.

Abigail F G Steed

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May 10th, 3:30 PM

Seeing Red, Wearing Green: Cultures of Vengeance and the Code of Chivalry

Bernhard 211

This session will explore different perspectives on chivalric society in the Middle Ages. The contrasting ways in which romance authors conjured the ideals of the society they write about, with the realities of that in which they lived and wrote, allows questions of continuity and discontinuity with previous models, values and their expression. The session will focus on the deeper roots of chivalry’s social and literary models, investigating, for example, the cultures of vengeance from the later 11th and 12th centuries, with appeal to the earlier Middle Ages, which, in religious, social and literary terms chivalric codes inherited. The social location of chivalric ideas, especially as connected to visual and ritual aspects, will also be scrutinised, as well as they ways in which such performative moments contributed to the formation of chivalric identities. How chivalric romance navigated overlapping themes of vengeance, status, virtues and vices forms another area which this session seeks to open up. Papers for the session will take on themes of moralistic social commentary as expressed through literary representations, the role of affirmative ritual in upholding chivalric identities, and the philosophical ideas that lie behind observable heraldic expression.

Abigail F G Steed