False Thieves and True Men

in The Masculine Self in Late Medieval England

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226569550
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226569598 | DOI:
False Thieves and True Men

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This chapter examines the masculine world in medieval England and analyzes why English culture during this period considered guile, trickery, or craft as essentially incompatible with masculinity. It also discusses the concept of social manhood as being open and uncomplicated honesty wherein a man's outward expressions corresponded to his inward intentions. The chapter explains that although late English culture may have prized masculine guilelessness and transparency, the interior supports for that ideal tended more toward obscurity, subtlety, and contradiction.

Keywords: masculine world; medieval England; English culture; masculinity; social manhood; guilelessness; transparency

Chapter.  19131 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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