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Shakespeare and SpenserAttractive Opposites$
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J. B Lethbridge

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079627

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079627.001.0001

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What Means a Knight? Red Cross Knight and Edgar

What Means a Knight? Red Cross Knight and Edgar

(p.226) What Means a Knight? Red Cross Knight and Edgar
Shakespeare and Spenser

Michael L. Hays

Manchester University Press

This chapter views Redcross Knight (The Faerie Queene) and Edgar (King Lear) as chivalric knights, and studies Spenser's and Shakespeare's own uses of materials from the chivalric romance tradition. It then determines Spenser's and Shakespeare's attitudes towards knights and chivalry as possible signs of modern perspectives as the medieval world transitioned into the modern world. The chapter also explores both works through their intimate familiarity with chivalric romances, as well as their conventional materials.

Keywords:   chivalric knights, Redcross Knight, Edgar, chivalric romance, knights, chivalry, medieval world, conventional materials

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