Sealed in Parchment: Rereadings of Knighthood in the Illuminated Manuscripts of Chretien de Troyes
by Sandra Hindman
University of Chicago Press, 1994
Paper: 978-0-226-34156-9 | Cloth: 978-0-226-34155-2
Library of Congress Classification PQ1448.H56 1994
Dewey Decimal Classification 841.1

Chretien de Troyes was France's great medieval poet—inventor of the genre of courtly romance and popularizer of the Arthurian legend. The forty-four surviving manuscripts of his work (ten of them illuminated) pose a number of questions about who used these books and in what way. In Sealed in Parchment, Sandra Hindman scrutinizes both text and images to reveal what the manuscripts can tell us about medieval society and politics.

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