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Violence in Medieval Courtly Literature

A Casebook

Violence in Medieval Courtly Literature by Albrecht Classen
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Although courtly literature is often associated with a chivalrous and idyllic life, the fifteen original essays in this collection demonstrate that the quest for love in the world of medieval courtly literature was underpinned by violence. Lovers were rejected, mistrust ruled, rape was a rampant problem, and marriage was often characterized by brutality. Albrecht Classen brings together an outstanding group of historical, cultural, and literary scholars in this volume to investigate the complicated, nuanced, and often surprising unions of love and violence in courtly medieval literature.
Taylor and Francis; October 2012
336 pages; ISBN 9781135876340
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Title: Violence in Medieval Courtly Literature
Author: Albrecht Classen
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