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Title: The Ideal of Friendship in 'Amis and Amiloun'
Authors: Clark, David
First Published: 2016
Publisher: Brepols Publishers
Citation: Nottingham Medieval Studies, 2016, 60, in press
Abstract: The Middle English romance Amis and Amilon propounds an aspirational message for its audience that being hend (noble) and trew leads to both an earthly and a heavenly reward: lasting companionship. One must be a true friend and be completely loyal to one’s companion in all circumstances. Friendship is described as a sacred bond in the same terms as marriage, although marriage is shown to be secondary to it: the wife’s role is to support her husband and his sworn brother. Those who oppose this relationship or seek to thwart or supplant it are described in the strongest terms as treacherous, envious, and even evil. True friendship thus becomes an absolute good, and loyalty to it a measure of goodness. This article foregrounds the romance’s negotiation of religious and secular bonds and, in contrast to other critical interpretations of the text, argues that its dynamic may be most appropriately read in the light of contemporary theologies of friendship, particularly those of Aelred of Rievaulx and Richard de Saint-Victor.
DOI Link: TBC
ISSN: 0078-2122
Links: TBC
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Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016 Brepols Publishers. After an embargo period this version will be an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium non-commercially, provided the original author and source are credited.
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