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What Means a Knight? Red Cross Knight and Edgar

Michael L. Hays

in Shakespeare and Spenser

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780719079627
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701058 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719079627.003.0009
What Means a Knight? Red Cross Knight and Edgar

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This chapter views Redcross Knight (The Faerie Queene) and Edgar (King Lear) as chivalric knights, and studies Spenser's and Shakespeare's own uses of materials from the chivalric romance tradition. It then determines Spenser's and Shakespeare's attitudes towards knights and chivalry as possible signs of modern perspectives as the medieval world transitioned into the modern world. The chapter also explores both works through their intimate familiarity with chivalric romances, as well as their conventional materials.

Keywords: chivalric knights; Redcross Knight; Edgar; chivalric romance; knights; chivalry; medieval world; conventional materials

Chapter.  8646 words. 

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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