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Durham University

St Cuthbert's Society


Publication details

Archibald, Elizabeth (2015). Ruodlieb and Romance in Latin: Audience and Authorship. In Telling the Story in the Middle Ages: Essays in Honor of Evelyn Birge Vitz. Duys, Kathryn, Emery, Elizabeth & Postlewate, Laurie Boydell & Brewer. 171-186.

Author(s) from Durham


What did it mean in the Middle Ages to write the sort of narrative that we now call a romance in Latin, or to read one? We have much evidence of the Church’s disapproval of romance, yet romances in Latin exist: they must have been written mostly by clerics, and aimed at a largely ecclesiastical audience (of course many vernacular romances were also written by clerics). Stephen Jaeger and others have argued that the rapid development of the romance genre in the twelfth century was an attempt by clerics to try to establish civilized standards among the knightly class, but...