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Title: "I ne have none kines thinge" : landscape, space and selected objects in three thirteenth-century insular romances
Author: Cavalheiro, Gabriela Da Costa
ISNI:       0000 0004 6497 9289
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis investigates secular materialities re-signified by a number of secular texts, namely three Middle English romances – King Horn, Havelok the Dane and Bevis of Hampton – and the legal treatise Bracton De Legibus et Consuetudinibus Angliae, forming a compilation of thirteenth century insular sources. Materiality emerges as possessed things, a reading that draws from Bracton's concept of possession, which is then applied to the Middle English narratives, a unique approach to the romances within current and past scholarship. This work is, therefore, framed by an interdisciplinary approach combining current critical readings in archaeological, literary, legal and historical debate. The thesis has a funnelling structure, where chapters focus on different forms of materiality within the texts, starting from the broader context of the landscape (where space is considered as materiality) moving on to castles (‘tur’), chambers (‘bures, chaunbre’) and moveable possessions, such as sartorial objects. While investigated under the scope of a legal concept, that of possession, the materialities under scrutiny are contextualised in regards to other variables such as intimacy, power relations and ideas of identity, all of them related to the secular world, hence revealing secular materialities. Moreover, gender plays a major role as an underlying category of analysis throughout the thesis, where each section unveils different uses and meanings that the texts assign to material things. However, one main argument permeating the entire work is that possession, while implying a sense of ownership and being framed as a kind of relationship, in fact signals a notion of protection.
Supervisor: Salih, Maha Sarah Abdulelah Lloyd ; Warner, Seth Lawrence Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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