Week 12 - Knighthood of High Middle Ages

Week 12- - Here is e-mail help for our week 12 reading I'll send help with the St Francis of Assisi material separately This and the e-mail help on

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Here is e-mail help for our week 12 reading. I'll send help with the St. Francis of Assisi material separately. This and the e-mail help on St. Francis have the background you'll need for our second paper. If you need advice for the paper please let me know about questions and problems that will be a concern for other students. That way I can send a separate e-mail for the paper itself. It would be very good for me to know about specific questions and problems so that I can answer them helpfully. If you have questions that you don't think will be of general interest, by all means come and see me and/or e-mail me. Remember that your TA can also help with these things. At this time in the semester I understand that there's a lot of pressure, papers, exams etc. But it is important to come to class, both lecture and discussion. Losing touch with the course will make it much harder to do well on the final. Staying in close ouch will make it easier—especially in terms of seeing the culmination of ongoing Medieval developments we've been studying. If you've been doing well so far, you'll want to keep up the good work and do even better on the final. If you haven't been doing as well as you would like, it's really not too late to still do better on the final and end up doing better in the course than you expected. Solid preparation for the final helps enormously! We want you to do well, and we'll give help and advice if you'd like it. So come to class and keep in touch with us. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ... With this reading, we see the transformation of knighthood in the High Middle Ages F rom…the warrior-crusader ideal of the Early Middle Ages (Clovis, Charlemagne, Roland, El Cid, the crusaders) T o…the romantic, courtly chivalry of the High Middle Ages (Chrétien de Troyes, Lancelot, the troubadour poets, and even men like Peter Abelard and St. Bernard, who were born into the knightly nobility, but instead of devoting their lives to war and knighthood, chose to become scholars, writers, poets, lovers.) It's not as if war and the crusader mentality suddenly ended and disappeared; but the earlier EPIC culture was counterbalanced by the culture of romance . The fighting functions of knights were somewhat less crucial in a period of greater peace in the west. This meant that it was possible for some knights to choose other careers than professional knightly warfare, and for most knights to spend less time each year fighting. Many knights spent more time at home, and there developed a luxurious aristocratic courtly style of life centered on the feudal court. The high status and power of the nobility were displayed through conspicuous consumption (luxury) and a distinctive courtly culture. The literature of Romance, including stories, poems, and songs (such as those in Tierney ), described this way of life. The contrast between Roland in "The Song of Roland" and Lancelot in "The Knight of the Cart" embodies the main
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course HIST 111 taught by Professor Rutenburg during the Fall '05 term at Maryland.

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