IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 804: Developments of Epic, II

Tuesday 10 July 2007, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Société Rencesvals, British Section
Organiser:Marianne J. Ailes, Wadham College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Patricia Harris Gillies, Department of Literature, Film & Theatre Studies, University of Essex
Paper 804-aLa geste des trois fils Guilaume? Henry I in Wace's Roman de Rou
(Language: English)
Françoise Hazel Marie Le Saux, Department of French Studies, University of Reading
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Paper 804-bStrange Goings on in Oliferne: Why include the Chanson des chetifs in the Old French Crusade Cycle
(Language: English)
Carol Elizabeth Sweetenham, University of Warwick
Index terms: Crusades, Language and Literature - French or Occitan

This second session looking at the development of epic, within and beyond France, focuses on the chanson de geste and crusades but here the emphasis is not on aggression. The paper by Sweetenham is focussed on crusade cycle texts, texts beginning to receive more attention since recent editions have been published. That by Sweetenham examines Christian-Saracen relations in texts where enmity is not the sole consideration. Sweetenham’s analysis includes episodes where Christians help Saracens.