Courtly love in the medieval romance story of Lancelot (also known as The Knight of the Cart) is the driving force of this famous romance beloved for generations. This proves to be an interesting subject, seeing is a lot of other medieval stories do not focus on love and instead, show it in a rather negative light. This was obviously seen in another medieval story, Njal’s Saga, where not only were marriages arranged and sometimes unwanted by one or both parties, the relationships between men and women were rought with conflict, hatred, and sometimes even murder. The women were not beautiful, diminutive, helpless creatures; they were as strong as their male counterparts. Men also had relatively no interest in love, only of going on grand adventures
The primary way in which Lancelot asserts his masculinity in Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur is through his chivalric prowess. His prowess is incomparable, as any masculine display is too easy for Lancelot. Lancelot cannot be defeated, and in most cases his combat is not closely contested, because of his significant superiority. Although, size and brute strength do not, by themselves, make an ideal knight. Lancelot is also a handsome and modest man.
Sir Lancelot was one of the most strongest most heroic medieval knights in the round table. King Arthur trusted Lancelot because he was known to never lose a fight, joust, or battle. Sir Lancelot was one of the most popular medieval knights in King Arthur’s court, and he was also very popular with the ladies. Lancelot was determined to fight his hardest for his king (King Arthur) and his loyalty and determination helped him to be chosen for a spot at the round table. Sir Lancelot , one of the most well known medieval knights fought for his; romance with Guinevere, his sword the Arondignt, and pushed for his quest of the Holy Grail.
The Knights Tale The Knight’s Tale is a very romantic story as it is presented, of two knights who have fallen in love with a maid without ever physically touching her. This tale is supposedly a true story passed down among the knights of the day. Chaucer presents it with over-stressed traditions of romantic literature. Some of the oddities of the tales are really presented when taken into a whole with the Canterbury Tales. The Knight’s Tale is the first of the Canterbury tales.
Two Stories One Code (The Effect of Chivalry of Knights) Chivalry is a code or rule, followed specifically by knights. There are two legendary stories that contain the use of chivalry. One of the two stories involves a knight who promises to come back in a year and portray payback. Alike the first story stated before, the second story also has a knight.
Clear Chivalry: (A Discussion of Chivalry in King Arthur’s Story) In the days of King Arthur, there was something called “Chivalry”. It was something used by Knights to instill discipline and honor. These fearless knights were to follow a strict code of conduct. If they didn’t, they were not a true knight.
In two Arthurian Legends… “Excalibur” and “Merlin” the tales draw readers to the story with the great ideas of a hero, magic and Christian references. In both of these stories there are main points that are taken all the way through each story. There is also some variation through each story as well. The way each story is told is to attract the reader to this great legend and why we are still drawn to his story today. The movies “Excalibur” and “Merlin” both have a common factor, that factor being the way King Arthur is portrayed throughout the films.
The medieval times obviously have many differences compared to today. More specifically a knight from the medieval era has a very different life compared to mine. A knight works a hard job, has people depending on them, and probably had to worry about getting killed more often than not. I however, have never worked a day in my life, only have to worry about myself most of the time, and probably won’t get stabbed by a sword any time soon. A knight and myself have plenty of differences, these include housing, food, and our responsibilities.
Legends are passed down from generation to generation. Each time they are told, something changes. Whether it be a small or big, the change stay until it gets changed again. The works of Chreitien de Troyes and Nancy McKenzie display the change in points of view throughout history. In Lancelot, the King of the Cart, by Chreitien de Troyes (1984), there is talk about Guinevere and Lancelot are coming together and their life after Lancelot saves Guinevere.
Social structure and Classes within Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer was a great author and poet of his time, Canterbury Tales is notably one of his more well-known pieces of work. This may be due to the fact that Canterbury Tales revealed the beginning of social structure and the emergence of classes in during the Renaissance era of England. The adventures and characters of this Tale reveal the depth of the three estates in the Middle Ages. Within Canterbury Tale Geoffrey Chaucer shows how class and these estates have order within this community of characters but also reveals the good and bad of each estate. Giving an eye opening look into the lives of people within these estates.