• 7. King Lear: Courtly Romance and Chivalric Restoration, in Shakespearean Tragedy as Chivalric Romance, 2nd ed

    Author(s):
    Michael L. Hays (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Group(s):
    Renaissance / Early Modern Studies, Shakespeare, Shakespearean Dramatic Genres
    Subject(s):
    Chivalry, Shakespeare
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Courtly love, exile and return, Fair Unknown, Single Combat
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6736M17W
    Abstract:
    Chapter 7: King Lear: Courtly Romance and Chivalric Restoration sees the opening perversions of and developing machinations of courtly love as means leading to the undoing of Edmund, Goneril, and Regan. It sees Edgar, the instrument of their undoing, fulfilling his obligations to father and godfather, as the fair unknown made so by internal exile and redeemed in his return by single combat against his brother. By the intersection of several motifs from chivalric romance, Edgar thus restores England to right rule. A chivalric knight like Lear in his youth, he succeeds to the throne by moral succession.
    Notes:
    This chapter is part of a revised and enlarged second edition of “Shakespearean Tragedy as Chivalric Romance: Rethinking Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear,” (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2003). After two printings, the first edition soon went out of print. The publisher had excluded the appendix to reduce costs and declined a second edition to include it. I have published this edition elsewhere since 2014 and here in 2018 to make the book with the appendix available for free.
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