Friendship is a phenomenon to be found in all epochs and cultures. However, the character of the relationship that is understood and practiced as friendship is subject to constant change. In the courtly epic of the High Middle Ages, research has mainly focused on love, whereas friendship has been studied only fragmentarily. This book focuses on the concepts of friendship in the so-called classics of courtly epic? the Arthurian romances around 1200, the Nibelungenlied and the Song of Roland? and places them into relation to representations of friendship in non-literary texts of that time. This study is intended as a contribution to a cultural history of friendship.
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