Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies

Trust, Relationships & Friendly Feelings in Thomas Chestre’s Sir Launfal

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Deborah Seiler

The University of Western Australia

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Trust, Relationships & Friendly Feelings in Thomas Chestre’s Sir Launfal


The fourteenth century Breton lai Sir Launfal, written by Thomas Chestre, has been approached from several different direction: honour, gender, knightly ideals, just to name a few; trust, however, has not yet been employed to look at the lai. As a category of historical analysis, trust is very promising, as it is inherent in all human relationships. In Sir Launfal, Chestre uses trust – expressed through wealth and the lack of it – to highlight Launfal’s inherent worth. By formulating a context-based definition of trust, and then applying it to the text of Sir Launfal, this article shows that trust can be a useful category for historical analysis.

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