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The Faerie Queene and Middle English Romance: The Matter of Just Memory$
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Andrew King

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198187226

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187226.001.0001

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The Matter of Just Memory: Providential History in Middle English Romance

The Matter of Just Memory: Providential History in Middle English Romance

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The Faerie Queene and Middle English Romance: The Matter of Just Memory
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Andrew King

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187226.003.0003

This chapter explores the intertextuality of a selection of Middle English romances — King Horn, Havelok, Of Arthour and of Merlin, Richard Coeur de Lion Sir Brevis of Hampton, and Guy of Warwick — and looks at their overlapping of themes and narratives patterns and their generic ambiguity reflected in the physical evidence of their collection and contextualization in manuscripts. These narratives, particularly the story of King Horn, illustrates the providential treatment of history which defines the romance mode. This perspective will remain important to the native romances which follow as well as to The Faerie Queene.

Keywords:   Middle English romances, King Horn, Havelok, Of Arthour and of Merlin, Richard Coeur de Lion, Sir Brevis of Hampton, Guy of Warwick, history, native romances, The Faerie Queene

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