medieval lyrics: reading response five
Reacting to the troubairitz response to fin ’amor: their response to courtly love kind of explained Guinevere’s character in The Knight of the Cart by Chrétien de Troyes for me. A lot of Guinevere’s actions seem very controlling/mean to Lancelot, but if we take the troubairitz critique of courtly love as a fleeting and arbitrary source of power for women it would make sense Guinevere would be overly mean to Lancelot for something so minor as hesitating when taking one step towards the cart. The counterpoint would be Guinevere’s actions are conducive towards the motif of courtly love and that’s why she is doing what she’s doing. However, if Guinevere was trying to maintain what little power she had over Lancelot it would make sense for her to act fairly harshly towards him for even a minor transgression. From her perspective it’s probably the only way to maintain control over Lancelot. And honestly, if I was her I wouldn’t want to lose any power over Lancelot because he’s the only one who can act as a source of protection for her. Essentially, the article on the troubairitz made me reconsider Guinevere’s actions in The Knight of the Cart in a different perspective. I haven’t read any of the poems we have for Thursday’s class, yet , but can’t wait to. These troubairitz seem to be cool.