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dc.contributor.advisorHudson, John
dc.contributor.authorHayes, Lydia Helen
dc.coverage.spatialvii, 186 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis provides a reading of Chrétien de Troyes’ Arthurian romances that reflects the cultural and intellectual context of twelfth-century Christianity. The impact of this context on Chrétien’s romances is examined by identifying the influence that contemporaneous biblical expository texts, hagiography, and the material culture of the cult of saints had upon his work. Although scholars have devoted much attention to the study of Chrétien’s romances, and some have examined the potential influences of various medieval Christian beliefs, practices, and symbols on his work, none have yet to produce a thorough study of these elements while focusing specifically on the female characters. Scholars have identified the influence of the cult of saints on the depiction of Guinevere in The Knight of the Cart, but have not examined this influence on the depictions of the ladies in the other four romances in detail. I look beyond Guinevere, examining all of the female protagonists in the Arthurian romances, comparing their attributes and actions to those of biblical women in contemporaneous biblical exposition and those of saints in hagiography. At the heart of this comparison is the relationship between the lady and her knight, a relationship that is described in similar terms to that between a biblical woman and God and that between saint and devotee.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrewsen
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.subjectOld French literatureen_US
dc.subjectArthurian romanceen_US
dc.subjectMedieval cultural historyen_US
dc.subjectWomen's studiesen_US
dc.subjectChretien de Troyesen_US
dc.subject.lcshChrétien, de Troyes, 12th cent.--Criticism and interpretationen
dc.subject.lcshArthurian romances--History and criticismen
dc.subject.lcshSaints in literatureen
dc.subject.lcshWomen in literatureen
dc.titleLooking beyond Guinevere : depictions of women in Chrétien de Troyes’ Arthurian romances, the cult of saints, and religious texts of the twelfth centuryen_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.rights.embargoreasonThesis restricted in accordance with University regulations. Print and electronic copy restricted until 1st November 2022en

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