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The Chivalric Turn: Conduct and Hegemony in Europe before 1300

David Crouch


This is a book about the medieval obsession with defining and practising superior conduct and the social consequences that followed from it. It is also a book about how historians since the seventeenth century have understood medieval conduct, because in many ways we still see it through the eyes of the writers of the Enlightenment. This is nowhere more so in its defining of superior conduct on the figure of the knight, and categorizing it as Chivalry. Using for the first time the full range of the considerable twelfth- and thirteenth-century literature on conduct in the European vernaculars a ... More

Keywords: Nobility, gender, Chivalry, Courtliness, knighthood, conduct, manners, genre, villeins, habitus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198782940
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198782940.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Crouch, author
Professor of Medieval History, University of Hull