Abstract

This article offers a reappraisal of the Middle English romance Richard Coeur de Lion in light of its composite nature, which, I suggest, provides grounds for a more critical reading of the eponymous hero’s bellicose temperament and violent actions than has hitherto been offered by scholarship. I argue that the later interpolations made to the romance produce a shift in narrative tone, most clearly manifested in the emotions of the portrayed characters, pointing toward an ambivalent evaluation of Richard’s violent behavior. I in turn link this evaluation to late fourteenth-century reactions against the corruption of chivalric ideals.

pdf

Additional Information

ISSN
1543-0383
Print ISSN
0039-3738
Pages
pp. 1-38
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-06
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.