Violence, Excess, and the Composite Emotional Rhetoric of Richard Coeur de Lion
Studies in Philology
University of North Carolina Press
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Elias, M. (2017). Violence, Excess, and the Composite Emotional Rhetoric of Richard Coeur de Lion. Studies in Philology, 114 (1), 1-38. https://doi.org/10.1353/sip.2017.0000
This article offers a reappraisal of the Middle English romance Richard Coeur de Lion in light of its composite nature, which, I suggest, provides grounds for a more critical reading of the eponymous hero’s bellicose temperament and violent actions than has hitherto been offered by scholarship. I argue that the later interpolations made to the romance produce a shift in narrative tone, most clearly manifested in the emotions of the portrayed characters, pointing toward an ambivalent evaluation of Richard’s violent behavior. I in turn link this evaluation to late fourteenth-century reactions against the corruption of chivalric ideals.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/sip.2017.0000
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