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The Medieval Siege: Theme and Image in Middle English Romance

Malcolm Hebron


Sieges were a popular subject in medieval romances. Tales of the Crusades featured champions of Christianity capturing towns in the Holy Land or mounting heroic defences. The fall of a great city such as Troy, Thebes, or Jerusalem provided opportunities for the recreation of ancient chivalry and for reflections on historical change. Images of the siege in romances also point to other forms, such as drama and love allegory, where it represents the trial of the soul or the pursuit of the beloved. This book is the first full-length study of this important theme in medieval literature. Close readi ... More

Keywords: medieval culture, siege, romance, military strategy, heroism, chivalry, Crusades, medieval literature, Middle English

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198186205
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186205.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Malcolm Hebron, author
Winchester College