The Medieval Siege: Theme and Image in Middle English Romance
This book is the first full-length study of the theme of the siege in Medieval literature. Close reading of selected Middle English romances shows how writers used descriptions of sieges to explore such subjects as military strategy, heroism, and chivalry. Drawing on a wide range of writings in several languages, Malcolm Hebron sets the romances in a broad context, providi...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published October 9th 1997 by Oxford University Press
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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