Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Courtly Arts and the Art of Courtliness: Selected Papers from the Eleventh Triennial Congress of the International Courtly Literature Society, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 29 July-4 August 2004

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Courtly Arts and the Art of Courtliness: Selected Papers from the Eleventh Triennial Congress of the International Courtly Literature Society, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 29 July-4 August 2004

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Courtly Arts and the Art of Courtliness: Selected Papers from the Eleventh Triennial Congress of the International Courtly Literature Society, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 29 July-4 August 2004, ed. Keith Busby and Christopher Kleinhenz (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2006). xiv + 788 pp. ISBN 1-84384-079-0. £60.00/$105.00. This is an astonishingly rich volume, published with impressive speed and efficiency by the organizers of what sounds like a thought-provoking conference. The four (excellent) plenary papers set the tone: Stephen Jaeger's nicely paradoxical take on the educational (but also dangerous) role of romance; Christopher Page's interesting meditation on what 'courtly music' might be; Richard and Mary Rouse's wonderfully detailed, wonderfully erudite contribution which forms not one but two papers, the first on the crusading context of the highly popular Athis et Prophillas, the second on a manuscript 'anthology' put together for Charles IV of France, and which, when its contents are compared and collated, becomes a 'crusading collection'. …

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