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The Chansons de Geste in the Age of RomancePolitical Fictions$
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Sarah Kay

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198151920

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151920.001.0001

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Narratives of Conflict/Conflict of Narratives

Narratives of Conflict/Conflict of Narratives

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The Chansons de Geste in the Age of Romance

Sarah Kay

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While the chansons de geste mostly involve lengthy, repetitive, and violent battle scenes, people tend to find this genre objectionable. A number of the more unfamiliar poems such as Orson de Beawais and Ame et Amile, among others, entail actual fighting scenes where the conflicts are not limited to those of opposing armies. Instead of accounting for more relevant issues such as local justice and estate management, this genre, along with aristocracy, is more likely to give more attention to issues of warfare. Although romances may be just as selective as the former genre, romances tend to present a less disagreeable account of aristocracy through discussing the journey rather than the conflict.

Keywords:   battle scenes, warfare, aristocracy, journey, conflict

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