Refining the Soul: The Pilgrimage of Caritas in the Romances of Chrétien de Troyes

dc.contributor.advisorMurray, K. Sarah-Jane
dc.contributor.authorZdansky, Hannah
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity Scholars.en_US
dc.contributor.otherBaylor University.en_US
dc.contributor.schoolsHonors College - Honors Programen_US
dc.date.accessioned2021-05-24T12:25:40Z
dc.date.available2021-05-24T12:25:40Z
dc.date.copyright2006-05
dc.date.issued2021-05-24
dc.description.abstractMy thesis explores the relationship between twelfth-century theology and courtly romance. I specifically look at the connections between St. Bernard of Clairvaux’s treatise De diligendo Deo (On Loving God) (c. 1126) and the corpus of Chrétien de Troyes’s Arthurian romances (c. 1165-1190). In each tale, I analyze the progression of love made by the characters towards a complete attainment of caritas (charity). Chapter One investigates love from a medieval religious standpoint in order to establish Chrétien’s cultural milieu. I consider works by St. Augustine, the Canticum Canticorum (Songs of Songs), Boethius’s De consolatione philosophiae (Consolation of Philosophy), as well as a mid-twelfth-century narrative poem composed in Old French, the lai of Narcisus. Chapter Two turns to two of Chrétien’s early romances, Érec et Énide and Yvain. Here, I show how the protagonists—Erec and Enide, and Yvain and Laudine—grow as a couple. In Chapter Three, I discuss Chrétien’s fourth romance, Le Chevalier de la Charrette (The Knight of the Cart), in light of the eleventh-century Vie de saint Alexis. The Concluding Remarks, then, end upon an investigation of Chrétien’s fifth and final work, Perceval. Throughout the thesis, I draw upon medieval artwork (manuscript illuminations, stained-glass windows, sculpture) to enrich my analyses. In this way, I come to grips with the medieval worldview and, more particularly, the twelfth-century understanding of love and marriage. Working within a fictional framework, Chrétien echoes Bernard and suggests that the love between man and woman is a response to God’s love; it is the first step towards spiritual perfection and happiness.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2104/11333
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
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dc.rights.accessrightsWorldwide accessen_US
dc.subjectArthurian Romancesen_US
dc.subjectChrétien de Troyesen_US
dc.subjectLe Chevalier au Lionen_US
dc.subjectLe Chevalier de la Charretteen_US
dc.subjectLe Conte du Graalen_US
dc.subjectDe diligendo Deoen_US
dc.subjectErec and Enideen_US
dc.subjectÉrec et Énideen_US
dc.subjectFour Degrees of Loveen_US
dc.subjectThe Knight of the Carten_US
dc.subjectThe Knight with the Lionen_US
dc.subjectLanceloten_US
dc.subjectOn Loving Goden_US
dc.subjectPercevalen_US
dc.subjectSt. Bernard of Clairvauxen_US
dc.subjectThe Story of the Grailen_US
dc.subjectYvainen_US
dc.titleRefining the Soul: The Pilgrimage of Caritas in the Romances of Chrétien de Troyesen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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