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Subject/Keyword
Holy Grail
Knights Templar
Le Morte D'Arthur
New Knighthood
Chivalry
Pentecostal Oath
Bernard of Clairvaux
Vocation
Galahad
Lull, Ramon
Literature
Medieval
King Arthur
Malory, Sir Thomas
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Farrer, Liam A
Supervisor and department
Reimer, Stephen R (English and Film Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Kostelecky, Matthew (St. Joseph's College)
Considine, John (English and Film Studies)
Gay, David (English and Film Studies)
Department
Department of English and Film Studies
Specialization
English
Date accepted
2013-08-13T11:03:02Z
Graduation date
2013-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
The world presented to readers of The Complete Works of Sir Thomas Malory is, as the character of Galahad notes, “unstable.” The story begins following the death of Uther Pendragon, when Arthur attempts to bring order to his unstable kingdom through the institution of the Round Table, a fellowship of knights who are bound together by the Pentecostal oath, which requires the knights to live by a set of rules that stresses the concept of knighthood as a quasi-religious vocation. This thesis will analyze the concept of chivalry as a vocation within Malory’s text, through a reading of the Pentecostal Oath in light of chivalric manuals, Church texts, and Sacred Scripture, in order to determine whether Malory believes that it is indeed possible for one to achieve stability through a knightly vocation.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3JM23S67
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