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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, pp. 161-186
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: 10.1484/J.NMS.5.111282
ISSN: 0078-2122
ISBN: 978-2-503-55987-2
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016 Brepols Publishers. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
Description: The file associated with this record is under a 24 month embargo from publication in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The full text may be available through the publisher links provided above.
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