Christian, Saracen and Genre in Medieval French Literature: Imagination and Cultural Interaction in the French Middle Ages

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-08-07
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This book explores the historical and imaginary representation of the Saracen, or Muslim, in French writings from 1100 to 1500. Literary relationships between Christians and Muslims are placed side-by-side with historical accounts of changing socio-political interactions. Beginning with the first epics, moving through troubadour poetry, romance epic and ending in romance.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Discovery, Desire, and Destruction: East Meets Westp. 7
Songs of Desire: Encounters Through Crusadep. 19
New Songs With New Rhythms: The Romance Epicp. 35
Forging Relationships: Law, "History," and National Identityp. 53
Questioning the Myth: Obstacle and Rejectionp. 67
Transitional Figuresp. 83
Conclusionsp. 101
Figuresp. 104
Bibliographyp. 107
Indexp. 117
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