Qualities of Le Morte D'ArthurI am having a hard time defining the qualities of the book which I have found to be: idealizing chivalry, idealizing the hero-knight and his noble deeds, a knight’s...

Qualities of Le Morte D'Arthur

I am having a hard time defining the qualities of the book which I have found to be: idealizing chivalry, idealizing the hero-knight and his noble deeds, a knight’s love for his lady, imaginary and vague settings, derives mystery and suspense from supernatural elements, and the use of concealed or disguised identity. If anyone has any idea plaes let me know.

 

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drmonica eNotes educator| Certified Educator

OK, I get it now! Well, the logical thing that comes to my mind is church architecture, particularly stained glass and images of the Virgin Mary. Medieval knights in literature idolized Mary and even were called the cult of Mary. Colors were heavily symbolic, with blue symbolizing Mary, purple royalty, and green magic, for example. Think of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

As far as specific architectural styles, I am not that well-versed, but I believe that the Gothic style reached its zenith during the Middle Ages.

drmonica eNotes educator| Certified Educator

eNotes states elsewhere that the emphasis of the book is on "courtly love, honor and virtue, valor and devotion, magic and miracles." If you go to the eNotes site and check "Themes," you will find excellent discussions of courtly love, honor, fate and destiny, obedience, and revenge.

soontobefbplayer75 | Student

This question relates to the time period the book was written rather than the book its self. How do you tie in architecture with the qualities of Medieval Romantism?

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