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Chivalry and courtliness: colliding constructs

Crouch, David

Authors

David Crouch

Abstract

The explanation of noble conduct in the middle ages has become focussed on two themes, the code of chivalry and the constructed habitus of courtliness. This chapter reviews the historiography and validity of the concepts and suggests that the imprecise epistemology ofhistorians isleading to unnecessary confusion.

Journal Soldiers, nobles and gentlemen: essays in honour of Maurice Keen
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
ISBN 978-1 84383-486-1
Institution Citation Crouch, D. Chivalry and courtliness: colliding constructs. The University of Hull
Keywords chivalry, courtliness, conduct, aristocracy, habitus, epistemology, historiography,
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