Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde and the Knight's tale : fictions used /

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Main Author: Penninger, Frieda Elaine
Format: Book
Published:Lanham : University Press of America, c1993.
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Main Author:Penninger, Frieda Elaine

This book examines Troilus and Criseyde and The Knight's Tale as poems which work the same plot to contrasting tragic and joyous endings but for the same purpose, of exploring the folly of electing the temporal world over the eternal. It demonstrates that the tragedy of Troilus and Criseyde is a consequence of the folly of relying on Fortune and temporal bliss and works through the pattern of a similar dependence in The Knight's Tale. It then develops the portrayal of the protagonists of the poems as Fortune's Fools through a scrutiny of courtship as game of play, of caritas and cupiditas contrasted with the implications of pity, mercy, grace, and love as used in temporal contexts in the poem but defined theologically elsewhere in Chaucer, and of the limitations of knighthood and chivalry as defined by the world of the poems.

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Physical Description:xvi, 110 p. ; 23 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:081919218X (cloth : alk. paper)
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Frieda Elaine Penninger is Professor of English Emerita at the University of Richmond.

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