La Conception de la guerre dans les romans de Chrétien de Troyes
This thesis is a clausewitzian interpretation of the five Arthurian novels of Chretien de Troyes. The essential components are principally the military relationship of the knight to his king as an arm of the Arthurian state and in their symbiotic fusion as the expression of the reigning political will. This thesis also examines relationships of power and the hierarchy of rank. Hence, the knight incarnates the physical force of the mythical King Arthur in the expression of Arthurian hegemony over an aggressive but inferior adversary. The other essential component is love as chivalrous triumph augments state power as the beloved fiancée receives her hero. Implicitly, love idealizes the martial dimensions of the knight as the couple begins its future. This idealization always takes place with the benediction of King Arthur and under his aegeis. He is thus the signal to wage war, and he determines the conditions of victory. Hence, King Arthur, in the version of Chretien de Troyes, affirms chivalrous valor and the legitimization of love. Chretien de Troyes represents the romantic aspect of medieval war because it is the sole means by which a knight proves his aristocratic worth before his king and before his aristocratic lady. Love and war are esoteric to the regal apex of power: the reigning aristocracy. It is the ethereal quality of love that is born of the martial crucible, and the intrigue articulates life and death. Life is Arthurian and death belongs to all who oppose Arthurian life.
School:University of Cincinnati
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:crétien de troyes military concepts in medieval times french literature clausewitz guerre war
Date of Publication:01/01/2002