IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1751: Updating the Knight, III: Chivalric Romance and Realia

Thursday 4 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Seminar für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Organiser:Christoph Haack, Seminar für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Moderator/Chair:Len Scales, Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University
Paper 1751-aDoes the Amour Make the Knight?: Chivalry in the Middle High German Eckenlied
(Language: English)
Antje Strauch, Institut für Deutsche Sprache und Literatur I, Universität zu Köln
Antje Strauch, Institut für Deutsche Sprache und Literatur I, Universität zu Köln
Index terms: Military History, Social History
Paper 1751-bWere There Only Knights?: Material Appearence of Horsed Warriors in the 12th and 13th Centuries
(Language: English)
Fabian Brenker, Institut für Archäologien, Universität Innsbruck
Fabian Brenker, Institut für Archäologien, Universität Innsbruck
Index terms: Military History, Social History
Paper 1751-c'Nu hüte wol der verte': About Chivalric Virtues on the Brackenseil in Albrecht's Jüngerem Titurel
(Language: English)
Nicolas Huss, Deutsches Seminar, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Nicolas Huss, Deutsches Seminar, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Index terms: Military History, Social History
Abstract

The knight is, above all, a literary figure. He is noble and impeccable: the true courtly fighter and servant. Historians potentially take this literature too literally: projecting romantic ideals onto historical reality. This session intends to review the traditional perceptions of the historical knight by confronting the historical perspectives with representations of chivalry from chivalric romance. It asks for material configurations of knighthood both in medieval literature and realia: what made a knight a knight? How can chivalry and nobility be expressed and knightly virtues be illustrated? This session opens an interdisciplinary debate and completes the ‘Updating The Knight’ series.