Study Guide

Guy of Warwick

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Guy of Warwick Characters

Characters Discussed (Great Characters in Literature)

Guy

Guy, a knight of Warwick. He is the son of the steward of Rohaud, the earl of Warwick, and principal cupbearer to the earl. Guy falls in love with his master’s daughter, Felice la Belle. To satisfy his lady’s demand that he become the foremost knight in the world, he enters into adventures that bring about the deaths of many brave knights. He marries Felice only to become beset with qualms of conscience over the mischief he has caused to satisfy a lady’s whims. He ends his life as a penitent pilgrim.

Rohaud

Rohaud, the earl of Warwick, Guy of Warwick’s master, and the father of Felice la Belle.

Felice la Belle

Felice la Belle, the daughter of Rohaud. Loved by Guy of Warwick, she demands, as the price of her hand, that he become the greatest knight in the world.

Herhaud of Ardern

Herhaud of Ardern, Guy of Warwick’s mentor and companion in knight-errantry.

Otous

Otous, the duke of Pavia, who is defeated by Guy of Warwick.

Segyn

Segyn, the duke of Louvain, who is assisted in battle by Guy of Warwick.

Reignier

Reignier, the emperor of Germany. In an unlawful attempt to take the lands of Segyn, he is captured by Guy of Warwick, who brings about a rapprochement between the enemies.

Ernis

Ernis, the emperor of Greece, who is assisted by Guy of Warwick against the Soudan of the Saracens.

Loret

Loret, Ernis’ daughter, promised to Guy of Warwick for his services in battle.

Morgadour

Morgadour, a knight enamored of Loret. He is a traitor to Guy of Warwick.

Tirri

Tirri, a knight and friend of Guy of Warwick. He is rescued by Guy from his persecutor, Otous.

Athelstan

Athelstan, the king of England.

Anlaf

Anlaf, the king of Denmark.

Colbrand

Colbrand, a Danish giant slain by Guy of Warwick.

Guy of Warwick Bibliography (Great Characters in Literature)

Barron, W. R. J. English Medieval Romance. New York: Longman, 1987. Barron’s authorita-tive work on English romance of the medieval period contains a chapter titled “Ancestral Romances: Guy of Warwick,” which analyzes the adventures of Guy of Warwick in terms of their narrative structure.

Burton, Julie. “Narrative Patterning and Guy of Warwick.” Yearbook of English Studies 22 (1992): 105-116. This article analyzes the techniques used in composing Guy of Warwick in their relation to traditional techniques of English romances of the Middle Ages.

Dannenbaum, Susan C. “Guy of Warwick and the Question of Exemplary Romance.” Genre 17, no. 4 (Winter, 1984): 351-374. Deals with the notions of sainthood and piety in Guy of Warwick and explains how the complicated process by which biographies of venerated laymen and saints became an enduring genre and medium of romances during the Middle Ages.

Mehl, Dieter. The Middle English Romances of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries. New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1969. Clear and astute analysis of thirteenth and fourteenth century English romances. Devotes a chapter to a discussion of the social context and related aspects of Guy of Warwick.

Menocal, Maria R. Shards of Love: Exile and the Origins of the Lyric. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1994. An excellent treatment of the history and philosophy of romance writing in medieval Europe and its relation to the notion of exile.