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The Medieval SiegeTheme and Image in Middle English Romance$
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Malcolm Hebron

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198186205

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186205.001.0001

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Troy: Treason and Tragedy

Troy: Treason and Tragedy

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The Medieval Siege

Malcolm Hebron

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores medieval texts on the siege of Troy. The significance of Troy lies in the fact that it is a great city, physically invincible, which is besieged and falls. Explanations of the disaster that befell the Trojans had important ramifications for medieval perceptions of later history. Related to this theme are the subjects of the identity of royal houses who traced their foundation back to Trojan exiles, the use of Troy as a reference point in commentaries and other works, the portrayal of a besieged king, and the ways in which Troy itself was imagined.

Keywords:   sieges, Troy, Trojans, Jerusalem, medieval literature, medieval culture

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