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“Making Love” in Béroul and Thomas’s Tristans

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

Abstract

Like the Eneas, the roughly contemporaneous versions of Tristan and Iseut by Béroul and Thomas reproduce elements of a Christian feudal mental universe along with its contradictory notions of marriage and kingship, helping to pin down and construct the social meaning of both. Through the stories of impossible love that they tell against the background of the fluctuating power relationships between King Marc and his barons, these stories explore the relationship between personal and social interests in Christian feudal society, and the role of the king and the queen in negotiating among competing interests. As I began to suggest in the previous chapters, the personal and the social are inextricably linked in a society where authority is based upon a fluid combination of personal magnetism and inherited power and territory, and where its legitimating ideologies are in a state of flux.

Keywords

Sexual Desire Twelfth Century Feudal Society Human Love Passionate Love 
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