By C. P. Lewis
The 2007 convention on Anglo-Norman experiences, the 30th within the annual sequence, was once held in Wales, and there's a Welsh flavour to the complaints now released. 5 of the 13 papers conceal Welsh issues within the lengthy 12th century: Church reform, political tradition, the intended resurgence of Powys as a political entity, and interpreter households within the Marches, along with a large and compelling historiographical survey of where of the Normans in Welsh heritage. Twelfth-century England is represented via papers on chivalry and kingship (in literature and life), the Evesham surveys, lay charters, and Henry of Blois and the humanities. Essays which specialize in the southern Italian urban of Trani and at the crusader heritage of Ralph of Caen discover wider Norman identities. eventually, there are large surveys contextualizing the Anglo-Norman adventure: at the careers of the clergy and on how warriors have been pointed out prior to heraldry. individuals: HUW PRYCE, LAURA ASHE, JULIA BARROW, HOWARD B. CLARKE, JOHN REUBEN DAVIES, JUDITH EVERARD, NATASHA HODGSON, CHARLES INSLEY, ROBERT JONES, PAUL OLDFIELD, DAVID STEPHENSON, FREDERICK SUPPE, JEFFREY WEST.
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29 Crouch, William Marshal, 47. 30 But from his coronation until his death in 1183, he showed little aptitude for government: ‘Henry II has been accused of deliberately keeping his son in leading strings and of refusing to allow him any real power or responsibility; but the fact is that Henry the Younger showed neither taste nor desire for responsibility. ’31 His shortcomings as a future ruler can be read obliquely in the History’s gushing praise of just these characteristics: … li giemble reis, Qui fu bons e beals e corteis, Le fist puis si bien en sa vie Qu’il raviva chevalerie, Qui a cel tens ert pres de morte.
The king’s sole purpose is to provide unlimited largesse and sustain the court in such a way that its knights can exercise their chivalric prowess in the pursuit of glory; that, then, is envisaged as the source of the king’s own reputation. And thus inevitably emerges the figure of Lancelot, himself a metaphor, the best knight in the world, whose superiority to his king is inescapable. That superiority is symbolically crystallized into his adultery with the queen, which condemns the Arthurian world to destruction.
The romance thus conjures a symbolic, moral reality in which historical individuals also live, and by which, in part, they understood the world around them: and it is no accident that this is the moral reality of the ruling class. The relation of the romance to contemporary social domination is an intricate and complicit one. And so I want to draw some parallels between contemporary romances and the representations of the Histoire, in a manner which I hope will illuminate not only the poet’s own sense of idealized secular ethics in 1226, but also the codes and practices by which the Marshal and his companions lived.
Anglo-Norman Studies 30: Proceedings of the Battle Conference 2007 (Anglo-Norman Studies) by C. P. Lewis