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Sealed in Parchment

Rereadings of Knighthood in the Illuminated Manuscripts of Chretien de Troyes

Sealed in Parchment

Rereadings of Knighthood in the Illuminated Manuscripts of Chretien de Troyes

Chretien de Troyes was France’s great medieval poet—inventor of the genre of courtly romance and popularizer of the Arthurian legend. The forty-four surviving manuscripts of his work (ten of them illuminated) pose a number of questions about who used these books and in what way. In Sealed in Parchment, Sandra Hindman scrutinizes both text and images to reveal what the manuscripts can tell us about medieval society and politics.

239 pages | Color frontispiece, 104 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 1994

Art: European Art

Medieval Studies

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Introduction
1. The Knight: Li Clerc
2. The Knight: Li Bacheler
3. The Knight: Li Seignor
4. The Knight: Li Combateor
5. The Knight: Li Roi
Notes
References
Index

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