Shaping Courtliness in Medieval France: Essays in Honor of Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner

Shaping Courtliness in Medieval France: Essays in Honor of Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner


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The concept of courtliness forms the theme of this collection of essays. Focused on works written in the Francophone world between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries, they examine courtliness as both an historical privilege and aliterary ideal, and as a concept that operated on and was informed by complex social and economic realities. Several essays reveal how courtliness is subject to satire or is the subject of exhortation in works intended for noblemen and women, not to mention ambitious bourgeois. Others, more strictly literary in their focus, explore the witty, thoughtful and innovative responses of writers engaged in the conscious process of elevating the new vernacular culture through the articulation of its complexities and contradictions. The volume as a whole, uniting philosophical, theoretical, philological, and cultural approaches, demonstrates that medieval "courtliness" is an ideal that fascinates us to this day. It is thus a fitting tribute to the scholarship of Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner, in its exploration of the prrofound and wide-ranging ideas that define her contribution to the field.

DANIEL E O'SULLIVAN is Associate Professor of French at the University of Mississippi; LAURIE SHEPHARD is Associate Professor of Italian at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Contributors: Peter Haidu, Donald Maddox, Michel-André Bossy, Kristin Burr, Joan Tasker Grimbert, David Hult, Virgine Greene, Logan Whalen, Evelyn Birge Vitz, Elizabeth W. Poe, Daniel E. O'Sullivan, William Schenck, Nadia Margolis, Laine Doggett, E. Jane Burns, Nancy Freeman Regalado, Laurie Shephard, Sarah White

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843843351
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 02/21/2013
Series: Gallica , #28
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgements xi

Introduction Daniel E. O'Sullivan Laurie Shepard 1

Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner: A Bibliography 15

Part I Shaping Real and Fictive Courts

A Perfume of Reality? Desublimating the Courtly Peter Haidu 25

Shaping the Case: the Olim and the Parlement de Paris under King Louis IX Donald Maddox 47

Charles d'Orléans and the Wars of the Roses: Yorkist and Tudor Implications of British Library MS Royal 16 F ii Michel-André Bossy 61

Part II Shaping Courtly Narrative

Meraugis de Portlesguez and the Limits of Courtliness Kristin Burr 83

The Art of "Transmutation" in the Burgundian Prose Cligés (1454): Bringing the Siege of Windsor Castle to Life for the Court of Philip the Good Joan Tasker Grimbert 95

Thomas's Raisun: Désir, Vouloir, Pouvoir David Hult 107

Humanimals: The Future of Courtliness in the Conte du Papegau Virginie Greene 123

A Matter of Life or Death: Fecundity and Sterility in Marie de France's Guigemar Logan Whalen 139

Le Roman de la Rose, Performed in Court Evelyn Birge Vitz 151

III Shaping Women's Voices in Medieval France

Lombarda's Mirrors: Reflections on PC 288, 1 as a Response to PC 54, 1 Elizabeth W. Poe 165

Na Maria: Courtliness and Marian Devotion in Old Occitan Lyric Daniel E. O'Sullivan 183

From Convent to Court: Ermengarde d'Anjou's Decision to Reenter the World William Schenck 201

From Chrétien to Christine: Translating Twelfth-Century Literature to Reform the French Court during the Hundred Years War Nadia Margolis 213

IV Shaping the Courtly Other

The Favorable Reception of Outsiders at Court: Medieval Versions of Cultural Exchange Laine Doggett 229

Shaping Saladin: Courtly Men Dressed in Silk E. Jane Burns 241

Force de parole: Shaping Courtliness in Richard de Fournival's Bestiaire d'amours, Copied in Metz about 1312 (Oxford, Bodl. MS Douce 308) Nancy Freeman Regalado 255

The Poetic Legacy of Charles d'Anjou in Italy: The Poetics of Nobility in the Comune Laurie Shepard 271

Envoi Sarah White 285

List of Contributors 287

Index 291

Tabula Gratulatoria 297

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