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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance$
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Ad Putter

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198182535

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182535.001.0001

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Honour and Honesty: The Heroic Ideal in Courtly Romance

Honour and Honesty: The Heroic Ideal in Courtly Romance

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(p.149) 4 Honour and Honesty: The Heroic Ideal in Courtly Romance
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance
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Ad Putter

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182535.003.0005

This chapter examines the presentation of the virtues of honour and honesty in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, which were considered the heroic ideal in courtly romance. It compares the honour and honesty scenes in this work with those of Chretien de Troyes' Chevalier de la charrete and suggests that both works made the readers think wrongly that righteousness might end up in death. It also discusses both authors' conception of the heroic ideal and the shortcomings of their knights.

Keywords:   Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, honour, honesty, courtly ideal, courtly romance, Chevalier de la charrete, Chretien de Troyes, knights

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