The basis of this project is three works of French literature from the 12th century: the heroic epos The Song of Roland and two of Chrétien de Troyes’ romance poems Erec and Enide and Yvain, the Knight of the Lion. We attempt to draw a picture of the 12th century’s conception of women as expressed in the literature, and we subsequently discuss this presentation of women and its connection with the social structure and knighthood ideals of the chivalry. We have reached the conclusion that there has been a development in the literary presentation of women from being almost absent in the epic poems to playing a prominent and important role in the romances. In addition, we consider it can be argued that there is a connection between the ideals of chivalry of that age and the ideals expressed in the romances, and that Chrétien has placed his stories in a social structure and context that the aristocratic audience of these romances must have known all too well.
|Uddannelser||Historie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||12 jan. 2011|
- Høvisk kærlighed