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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1217: Inciting Emotions on the Brink of Battle: Examples from the Crusades and Reconquista

Wednesday 12 July 2006, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
Organisers:Tyler Fisher, Magdalen College, University of Oxford
Gwendolyn Rice, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Downtown
Moderator/Chair:Marc B. Cels, Saint Michael's College, University of Toronto
Paper 1217-aWords to Rally or Rattle the Troops: The Rhetorical Record in Accounts of El Cid
(Language: English)
Tyler Fisher, Magdalen College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Rhetoric
Paper 1217-bA Death Worth Dying: Spiritual Memory and the Conquest of Mallorca from the Llibre dels Feyts to the Festa de l'Estandard
(Language: English)
Gwendolyn Rice, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Downtown
Index terms: Crusades, Historiography - Medieval, Social History
Paper 1217-c'Swiche auentour and swiche victorie': Richard Coeur-de-Lion and the Emotional Textures of Middle English Romance
(Language: English)
Lydia Newell, Duke University, North Carolina
Index terms: Crusades, Language and Literature - Middle English, Social History

Ordered chronologically, the papers of this session examine pre-battle, rhetorical manipulation of emotions in accounts from three centuries and three vernacular language groups. Tyler Fisher provides a close reading of military appeals, both discouraging and encouraging, in the Poema de mio Cid and subsequent prose versions, while Gwendolyn Rice probes the implications of the differences between Catalan and Latin renderings of a speech made to the troops of Jaume I of Aragon. Finally, Lydia Newell posits strategies by which treatment of the romance tradition in Richard Coer de Lyon rallied troops and readers by artistically linking distant warfare to immediate issues of national identity.