Presentation Title

Iberian Conceptions Of Chivalry And Honor

Presenter Information

Ethan Holbrook

Mentor

Susan Wade

Location

David F. Putnam Science Center - 154

Abstract

Analyzing the complex mix of cultural and religious systems influenced by Islamic, Christian, and Jewish cultures that developed in the reconquered Christian territories of northern areas of the Iberian Peninsula during the Reconquista offers a unique window into understanding the connections that bind masculinity, honor, and a gentrified society in the medieval code of chivalry. This presentation examines the development of the unique chivalric ideal that developed in the multi-faceted society of Iberia through a reading of The Poem of El Cid, written in the thirteenth century. Contrasting the reading of El Cid with texts from the Frankish territories highlights how the development of masculine codes of honor in a singularly Christian society differed from the ideals found in Christian Iberia. El Cid is a man between worlds, a character both historic and legendary who embodies the precept that chivalry transcends religion and demonstrates the ideals of the time. ​

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Iberian Conceptions Of Chivalry And Honor

David F. Putnam Science Center - 154

Analyzing the complex mix of cultural and religious systems influenced by Islamic, Christian, and Jewish cultures that developed in the reconquered Christian territories of northern areas of the Iberian Peninsula during the Reconquista offers a unique window into understanding the connections that bind masculinity, honor, and a gentrified society in the medieval code of chivalry. This presentation examines the development of the unique chivalric ideal that developed in the multi-faceted society of Iberia through a reading of The Poem of El Cid, written in the thirteenth century. Contrasting the reading of El Cid with texts from the Frankish territories highlights how the development of masculine codes of honor in a singularly Christian society differed from the ideals found in Christian Iberia. El Cid is a man between worlds, a character both historic and legendary who embodies the precept that chivalry transcends religion and demonstrates the ideals of the time. ​