Violence and Vengeance in Middle Welsh and Middle English Narrative: Owein and Ywain and Gawain

Violence and Vengeance in Middle Welsh and Middle English Narrative: Owein and Ywain and Gawain

By: Michael Cichon (author)Hardback

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This study examines the presence and extent of legal and feud elements in the Middle Welsh Owein and the Middle English Ywain and Gawain. The process of feud and the concern for honor, along with the sentiment of reciprocity and exchange which inform them, are so integral to the cultures which produced Owein and Ywain and Gawain that familiarity with this mentalite is essential to fully appreciate and understand the literature. A ribbon of insult and redress runs through each romance: the process of fall and redemption, the education or re-education of the hero present in these romances is informed by notions of insult and redress which characterize societies that feud. The Welsh were a feuding people, and the text has direct legal references. Feud provides a rationale for adventures easily understood by a contemporary audience because that audience itself practiced the behaviors depicted in the literature, or at least understood the sentiment which encouraged them. This work will appeal to scholars of medieval literature, medieval history, and the history of violence in the British Isles.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773446588
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9780773446588
  • ISBN10: 0773446583

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