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The Rusted Hauberk: Feudal Ideals of Order and Their Decline

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The metaphor of the hauberk, a tunic of chain mail that rusts over time, shapes and unifies this investigation of medieval culture.  These essays question the very rubric of the feudal ideal, demonstrating that in historical and legal practice, and in imaginative and didactic writing, a breach often exists between ideal and practice.  The authors challenge the notion of a fixed historical construct, emphasizing instead that all constructs must be elastic to allow historical perspectives to enlarge.

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"Presents fundamental truths about Western self-consciousness. . . . The Rusted Hauberk will become a starting point for anyone seriously interested in feudalism as a social force and as a key to understanding many of the themes central to the major and minor texts of medieval literature."--William F. Pollard, Kentucky State University

The metaphor of the hauberk, a tunic of chain mail that rusts over time, shapes and unifies this investigation of medieval culture.  These essays question the very rubric of the feudal ideal, demonstrating that in historical and legal practice, and in imaginative and didactic writing, a breach often exists between ideal and practice.  The authors challenge the notion of a fixed historical construct, emphasizing instead that all constructs must be elastic to allow historical perspectives to enlarge.

Contents

Part I: Resisting Dissolution: Validating Feudal Ideals of Order

Feudal Relations and Reason in Cleanness, by Cindy L. Vitto

Imagining Feudalism in Piers Plowman: Attempts to Restore an Order, by Daniel F. Pigg

Part II:  Containing Change: Modifying Feudal Ideals of Order

Potency and Power: Chaucer's Aristocrats and Their Linguistic Superiority, by Jean E. Jost

Chivalry and Feudal Obligation in Barbour's Bruce, by Liam O. Purdon and Julian N. Wasserman

Part III: Disenfranchising Women: Limiting Feudal Ideals of Order

As Good as Her Word: Women's Language in The Knight of the Tour d'Landry, by Cynthia Ho

Men's Theory and Women's Reality: Rape Prosecutions in the English Royal Courts of Justice, 1194-1222, by Patricia Orr

Part IV: Experiencing Feudal Realities: Enduring Feudal Ideals of Order

Par amur et par feid: Keeping Faith and the Varieties of Feudalism in La Chanson de Roland, by William T. Cotton

When Feudal Ideals Failed: Conflicts between Lords and Vassals in the Low Countries, 1127-1296, by Karen Nicholas

Part V: Rejecting Chivalry: Reinscribing Feudal Ideals of Order

Feudal Chivalry in Popular Medieval Battle Poems, by John W. Schwetman

The Roman de Jaufre and the Illusions of Romance, by Ross G. Arthur

Part VI: Surveying Ruins: Considering the Absence of Feudal Ideals of Order

Chaucer Subjectivizes the Oath: Depicting the Fall from Feudalism into Individualism in the Canterbury Tales, by Lois Roney

John Rastell and the Norman Conquest: Tudor Theories about the Feudal Age, by Amos Lee Laine

Afterword

Chivalry and the Other, by Jane Chance

About the Author

Liam O. Purdon is professor of English at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska.  He has published articles in English Language Notes, Philological Quarterly, Studies in Philology, and Medievalia et Humanistica. Cindy L. Vitto is associate professor of English at Rowan College of New Jersey in Glassboro. She is the author of The Virtuous Pagan in Middle English Literature.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813012827
Editor:
Purdon, Liam O.
Editor:
Vitto, Cindy L.
Editor:
Purdon, Liam O.
Editor:
Vitto, Cindy L.
Editor:
PURDON, LIAM O.; VITTO, CINDY L.
Author:
Purdon, Liam O.
Author:
Vitto, Cindy L.
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Location:
Gainesville :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Literature and society
Subject:
Literature, medieval
Subject:
Order
Subject:
Feudalism in literature.
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
History
Subject:
Literature, Medieval -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Order (Philosophy) in literature.
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
First
Series Volume:
report no. 100-71
Publication Date:
19940531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
14 bandw photographs, notes, index
Pages:
359
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.13 lb

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"Presents fundamental truths about Western self-consciousness. . . . The Rusted Hauberk will become a starting point for anyone seriously interested in feudalism as a social force and as a key to understanding many of the themes central to the major and minor texts of medieval literature."--William F. Pollard, Kentucky State University

The metaphor of the hauberk, a tunic of chain mail that rusts over time, shapes and unifies this investigation of medieval culture.  These essays question the very rubric of the feudal ideal, demonstrating that in historical and legal practice, and in imaginative and didactic writing, a breach often exists between ideal and practice.  The authors challenge the notion of a fixed historical construct, emphasizing instead that all constructs must be elastic to allow historical perspectives to enlarge.

Contents

Part I: Resisting Dissolution: Validating Feudal Ideals of Order

Feudal Relations and Reason in Cleanness, by Cindy L. Vitto

Imagining Feudalism in Piers Plowman: Attempts to Restore an Order, by Daniel F. Pigg

Part II:  Containing Change: Modifying Feudal Ideals of Order

Potency and Power: Chaucer's Aristocrats and Their Linguistic Superiority, by Jean E. Jost

Chivalry and Feudal Obligation in Barbour's Bruce, by Liam O. Purdon and Julian N. Wasserman

Part III: Disenfranchising Women: Limiting Feudal Ideals of Order

As Good as Her Word: Women's Language in The Knight of the Tour d'Landry, by Cynthia Ho

Men's Theory and Women's Reality: Rape Prosecutions in the English Royal Courts of Justice, 1194-1222, by Patricia Orr

Part IV: Experiencing Feudal Realities: Enduring Feudal Ideals of Order

Par amur et par feid: Keeping Faith and the Varieties of Feudalism in La Chanson de Roland, by William T. Cotton

When Feudal Ideals Failed: Conflicts between Lords and Vassals in the Low Countries, 1127-1296, by Karen Nicholas

Part V: Rejecting Chivalry: Reinscribing Feudal Ideals of Order

Feudal Chivalry in Popular Medieval Battle Poems, by John W. Schwetman

The Roman de Jaufre and the Illusions of Romance, by Ross G. Arthur

Part VI: Surveying Ruins: Considering the Absence of Feudal Ideals of Order

Chaucer Subjectivizes the Oath: Depicting the Fall from Feudalism into Individualism in the Canterbury Tales, by Lois Roney

John Rastell and the Norman Conquest: Tudor Theories about the Feudal Age, by Amos Lee Laine

Afterword

Chivalry and the Other, by Jane Chance

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