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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

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From Romance to Reality: Influences of Medieval Romance Literature on Late Medieval English Castles

31st January 2017, 18:00, World Heritage Site Visitors Centre, Heidi Richards, Department of Archaeology

This event is free to attend and open to all. The seminar will begin at 6pm, with tea and biscuits from 5.40pm.

Claims within the discipline of castle studies are suggestive of romance literature as being influential on late medieval English castles. In this research, based on my ongoing PhD, I will reassess some of these claims and explore various ways in which romance literature may have influenced castles of this period. Rather than locating direct blueprints for castles within the romances, this research, from a buildings archaeology perspective, aims to display aristocratic implementation of literary themes into architectural schemes and designs for purposes such as political propaganda or self-association. This multi-faceted approach also explores courtly space and the medieval re-shaping of chivalry into a conduit for living a romantic lifestyle.

Contact imrs.memsa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.