Cultural Difference and Material Culture in Middle English Romance: Normans and Saxons - Routledge Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture (Hardback)Dominique Battles (author)
This book explores how the cultural distinctions and conflicts between Anglo-Saxons and Normans originating with the Norman Conquest of 1066 prevailed well into the fourteenth century and are manifest in a significant number of Middle English romances including King Horn, Havelok the Dane, Sir Orfeo, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and others. Specifically, the study looks at how the material culture of these poems (architecture, battle tactic, landscapes) systematically and persistently distinguishes between Norman and Anglo-Saxon cultural identity. Additionally, it examines the influence of the English Outlaw Tradition, itself grounded in Anglo-Saxon resistance to the Norman Conquest, as expressed in specific recurring scenes (disguise and infiltration, forest exile) found in many Middle English romances. In the broadest sense, a significant number of Middle English romances, including some of the most well-read and often-taught, set up a dichotomy of two ruling houses headed by a powerful lord, who compete for power and influence. This book examines the cultural heritage behind each of these pairings to show how poets repeatedly contrast essentially Norman and Anglo-Saxon values and ruling styles.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 220
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
"This book is in some ways very ambitious and asks good questions, while providing some intriguing possible answers."
- Cory James Rushton, St. Francis Xavier University, Speculum
"As a whole, Battles's Cultural Difference and Material Culture provides a richly compelling reexamination of the Anglo-Saxon influence on Middle English romance. Each chapter provides thorough engagement with a range of historical and scholarly sources, making it a useful resource for any student interested in expanding their knowledge of Middle English romance specifically."
- Travis W. Johnson, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (SMART)
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