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Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe$
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Richard Kaeuper

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244584

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244584.001.0001

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Chanson de Geste and Reform

Chanson de Geste and Reform

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Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe

Richard W. Kaeuper

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses chanson de geste to demonstrate that the ambivalent role of chivalry in issue or order appears in entire works less than in passages selected from many works. It examines the role of literature in portraying the relationship of chivalry to Capetian royalty and to the reformed Church. It explores the three broad cycles of the corpus of chansons including the Cycle of the King, the Cycle of William of Orange, and the Cycle of the Barons in Revolt.

Keywords:   chanson de geste, reform, chivalry, chivalric literature, Capetian royalty, Church, Cycle of the King, Cycle of William of Orange, Cycle of the Barons in Revolt

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