Interrogating Chivalry and the Hunt in the Auchinleck Guy of Warwick

John A. Geck


Grounded in an examination of contemporary chivalric values and hunting law, this paper considers the excision of two morally problematic scenes in the Middle English and Anglo-Norman Guy of Warwick / Gui de Warewic tradition: Guy's killing of the Earl Florentine's son, who accused Guy of poaching, and Duke Segyn's killing of his overlord's nephew Sadok, who rashly challenged Segyn to combat. While the excision of these scenes by redactors may render Guy more unambiguously heroic, it simultaneously confuses the major turning point of the romance, where Guy abandons his inherently flawed world-view of secular chivalry for a divinely oriented path of heroism.

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