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French Romance of the Later Middle AgesGender, Morality, and Desire$
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Rosalind Brown-Grant

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199554140

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554140.001.0001

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Youthful Folly in Boys and Girls: Idyllic Romance and the Perils of Adolescence in Pierre de Provence and Paris et Vienne

Youthful Folly in Boys and Girls: Idyllic Romance and the Perils of Adolescence in Pierre de Provence and Paris et Vienne

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(p.79) 2 Youthful Folly in Boys and Girls: Idyllic Romance and the Perils of Adolescence in Pierre de Provence and Paris et Vienne
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French Romance of the Later Middle Ages
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Rosalind Brown‐Grant

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554140.003.0003

This chapter discusses idyllic romances which feature the deeply-felt reciprocal love of an adolescent couple and their struggle to marry in the face of parental opposition. Comparing two late medieval idyllic texts, Paris et Vienne and Pierre de Provence, with a number of earlier works in the sub-genre (Floire et Blancheflor, L'Escoufle, Galeran de Bretagne, Guillaume de Palerne, and Aucassin et Nicolette), it argues that a marked change appears in the later romances in the way in which the young couple are treated, this change being in line with the critical attitude adopted towards adolescents in the moral discourses of the period, as found in the works of, among others, Philippe de Novare, Giles of Rome, and Christine de Pizan.

Keywords:   Floire et Blancheflor, L'Escoufle, Galeran de Bretagne, Guillaume de Palerne, Aucassin et Nicolette, moral discourses

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