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- DescriptionAt the heart of Wolfram von Eschenbach's Willehalm are Saracens: instrumental figures in the driving themes of conquest, loyalty, vassalage, chivalry, love-service and redemption that run through the text. When compared with Wolfram's French sources, La Prise d'Orange and Aliscans, Willehalm is revealed to be invative yet true to the themes and figures of the original chansons de geste, indicating that Wolfram continued the retelling process that also played a part in the composition of his French sources. This book explores the role of Saracens in these texts, the implications of their conversion to Christianity and the portrayal of the ideals of chivalry as their depiction undergoes development from twelfth-century France to thirteenth-century Germany. The text begins with the cultural-historical setting and the development of key ideals and concepts and then analyses the Saracen figures in the texts, presenting an integrated reading of Willehalm and its source material and revealing Wolfram's intentions in his depiction of Saracens.
- Author BiographyStephanie L. Hathaway lectures in German at the University of Oxford. She completed a PhD at the University of Sydney in 2009 and has published articles about Saracens in the chansons de geste and medieval German epic, medieval queens and the depiction of monastic rules.
- Author(s)Stephanie L. Hathaway
- PublisherPeter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
- Date of Publication21/05/2012
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleStudies in Old Germanic Languages and Literature
- Series Part/Volume Number6
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- First Published2012
- ImprintPeter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
- Weight650 g
- Width150 mm
- Height225 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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