• 3. The Significance of English Chivalric Romance, 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, Intermediaries, Single Combat
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6J96086Z
    Abstract:
    Chapter 3: The Significance of English Chivalric Romances describes the main features of English chivalric romances: all-embracing idealism; overarching motifs, like separation-and reunion, exile-and-return, sieges, and quests; typical characters: ladies, knights, stewards true or false, and fair unknowns; amatory motifs: courtly love, intermediaries, and courts of love; and other motifs like single combat. A final commentary on Bradley suggests that he had intimations that of idealism transcending the waste attending the protagonists’ deaths.
    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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