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Look With the Eyes of Faith: The Vocation of Knighthood in The Works of Sir Thomas Malory

  • Author / Creator
    Farrer, Liam A
  • 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.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3JM23S67
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of English and Film Studies
  • Specialization
    • English
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Reimer, Stephen R (English and Film Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Considine, John (English and Film Studies)
    • Kostelecky, Matthew (St. Joseph's College)
    • Gay, David (English and Film Studies)