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The Medieval Siege: Theme and Image in Middle English Romance
Sieges were a popular subject in medieval romances. Tales of the Crusades featured champions of Christianity capturing towns in the Holy Land or mounting heroic defences. The fall of a great city such as Troy, Thebes, or Jerusalem provided opportunities for the re-creation of ancient chivalry, and for reflections on historical change. Images of the siege in romances also p ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 9th 1997 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Feb 18, 2014 Trevor Russell rated it 3 of 5 stars
Takes one historical work on sieges as factual, sees that those line up with what manuals for warfare taught, argues that manuals were influential on the conduct of war, reads Middle English romances as being quite similar to the conduct of war, therefore: Middle English romances reflect contemporary warfare (at least until gunpowder, then they depict an antiquated version)...however, ignored ALL scholarship on war manuals, and failed to realize that the people who wrote narratives of 'historica ...more