Truth, Deceit and Desire

Truth, Deceit and Desire

Romances often investigate what in Middle English is called trawthe—loyalty, faith, truth, or integrity—testing this quality in the most extreme circumstances. They also implicitly ask questions of their audiences, such as ‘Should you be more loyal to your lord or your love?’, ‘How do you know if your partner is faithful to you?’, and ‘If you swear an oath, must it still hold firm when circumstances change?’ The items in this section explore these ideas, through the importance of love tokens, the exemplary loyalty of a wife, and in the case of Tristan and Ysolt (Isolde), the most infamous narrative of secret love and conflicting loyalties.

Origin Stories
Origin Stories
Romance and the Medieval World
Romance and the Medieval World
Truth, Deceit and Desire
Truth, Deceit and Desire
Empires of Romance: Arthur
Empires of Romance: Arthur
Empires of Romance: Alexander
Empires of Romance: Alexander
The Objects of Romance
The Objects of Romance
Cities under Siege
Cities under Siege
Strange Encounters
Strange Encounters
The Fortunes of Sir Gawain
The Fortunes of Sir Gawain
Composing, Writing, Preserving
Composing, Writing, Preserving
The Percy Folio
The Percy Folio
Routes of Romance I
Routes of Romance I
Routes of Romance II
Routes of Romance II
Romance and the Modern World
Romance and the Modern World