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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1210: Medieval Romance Relationships, III: Politics and Treachery

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Hannah Piercy, Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University
Moderator/Chair:Stephanie Grace-Petinos, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Paper 1210-a'Speke, parrot': Political Echoes of Romance in British Library, Harley 2252
(Language: English)
Seth Strickland, Department of English, Cornell University
Index terms: Bibliography, Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Political Thought
Paper 1210-b'Enterdite he wolde the land': The Interdict Episode, Relationship between the Court and the Nation, and Making 'such sorrow strong' Solid in the Stanzaic Morte Arthur
(Language: English)
Inigo Purcell, Independent Scholar, Chiswick
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy, Theology
Paper 1210-cTrue Traitors: Treason in Medieval Romance
(Language: English)
Maia Farrar, Department of English Language & Literature, University of Michigan
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Law, Political Thought

The third session in this series opens out the topic of interpersonal relationships to consider broader questions of political, national, and textual relationships. Seth Strickland begins this session by suggesting that Harley 2252's central romances both link to and protect its inclusion of seditious verse. Staying with Harley 2252, Inigo Purcell considers the episode in which an interdict upon England is threatened in response to the war between Lancelot and Gawain in the Stanzaic 'Morte Arthur'. Finally, Maia Farrar questions the role of the traitorous steward in 'Amis and Amiloun' and 'The Squyr of Low Degree' to evaluate definitions of treason in romance literature.