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Title: The carole : a study of a medieval French dance
Author: Mullally, Robert Desmond Gerard
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2007
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The carole was the dominant social dance in France from c. 1100 to c. 1400. The present study aims to identify the characteristics of the dance in all its aspects. Firstly, the etymology of the term itself is reassessed and its relation to the Latin words chorus and chorea is examined. Theories about the choreography are then reviewed. The evidence, both of literary and of non-literary texts is analysed, and, on the basis of this analysis, a reconstruction of the choreography is undertaken. The lyrics and the music of the songs that accompanied the dance are identified and investigated, and relevant iconography is also surveyed. The term carole is considered in collocation and in isolation in order to refine its meaning, and to distinguish it from other dance terms. The dance itself is thereby situated more accurately in the context of French social dances of the period. Attention is paid to cognates (real and supposed), and the question of the existence of the dance in Italy and in England is evaluated in some detail. Hence not only is the choreographic aspect of the subject explored, but in doing so, the linguistic and literary dimensions are re-evaluated, and new light is shed on medieval dance lyrics and music.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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