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Origins of Courtliness (Middle Ages Series)

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Selected by "Choice" magazine as an Outstanding Academic BookArgues that the origins of courtliness lie in the German courts, their courtier class, and the education for court service in the tenth and eleventh centuries.
Paperback, 344 pages
Published September 1st 1985 by University of Pennsylvania Press (first published May 1985)
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I was with it right up to the conclusion, when Jaeger argued that while there is no evidence that women had any role in the civilizing process, that they must have been influential in encouraging courtliness in their menfolk because they required (apparently naturally) reservation and moderation in the behaviour of those around them. I seriously question the notion that female reserve and/or moderation is anything but a cultural acquisition that can (and indeed must) be historicized before fully ...more
Overall, interesting. His thesis certainly provides an valuable outlook to medieval romances. I do however, think that too much of the book is shown highlighting comparisons and not enough examining the ramifications of his thesis.
I heard this Jaeger guy was pretty cool.
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