Uwe Israel (TU Dresden)

Endgame at the court of Burgundy. Olivier de la Marche on the Ludic elements in the Chevalier délibéré (1483)

The allegoric poems of the courtier in service of Philip the Good, Charles the Bold and Mary of Burgundy show strong (auto)-biographical traits. They recount the adventures of their author and the tragic destiny of his lords in the battle against the unassailable Knights of Death: that of misfortune and obsolescence. The various knightly tournaments are portrayed in word and image in the manuscripts and printings from that time.

This lecture analyses the evaluation of conflictual practices, one that seems to shift between fascination and dismissal.


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