Forging Chivalric Communities in Malory’s Le Morte Darthur

  • Authors
  • Kenneth Hodges

Part of the Studies in Arthurian and Courtly Cultures book series (SACC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Kenneth Hodges
    Pages 1-10
  3. Kenneth Hodges
    Pages 63-78
  4. Kenneth Hodges
    Pages 79-108
  5. Kenneth Hodges
    Pages 129-153
  6. Kenneth Hodges
    Pages 155-157
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 159-208

About this book


Forging Chivalric Communities in Marlory's Morte D'Arthur shows that Malory treats chivalry not as a static institution but as a dynamic, continually evolving ideal. Le Morte D'arthur is structured to trace how communities and individuals adapt or create chivalric codes for their own purposes; in turn, codes of chivalry shape groups and their customs. Knights' loyalties are torn not just between lords and lovers but also between the different codes of chivalry and between different communities. Women, too, choose among the different roles they are asked to play as queens, counsellors, and even quasi-knights.


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