Witches and Nature Control in the Palaiologan Romances and Beyond

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


This chapter examines the marginalization and violence inflicted on the nature-controlling witches who appear in The War of Troy, Livistros and Rodamni, and Kallimachos and Chrysorroi. Through their magical interaction with nature, these witches possess a power that lies outside patriarchal control, thus requiring their execution as a way to restore social order. The differing treatment of Medea in the Greek War of Troy, its source, Benoît de Sainte-Maure’s Roman de Troie, and analogs such as Guido delle Colonne’s Historia Destructionis Troiae and John Lydgate’s Troy Book reveals how gendered and environmental ideologies are socially constructed through translation, while a diachronic investigation of the reception of Medea by contemporary feminist, postcolonial, and indigenous writers valorizes Medea’s resistance to patriarchy.


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