Paiens unt dreit? Reversed dichotomy and the East inBoeve de HaumtoneandBevis of Hampton


BRITISH JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES, cilt.47, ss.560-578, 2020 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 47 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2020
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/13530194.2018.1533449
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.560-578


It is usually accepted that Saracens are evil and Christians are good in medieval narratives. The common medieval thought towards binary opposition can be pointed out by theChanson de Roland:'paiens unt tort e Chrestiens unt dreit'. However, it seems that there is religious prejudice and ignorance towards the Saracens and their geographical location, the East. The Anglo-NormanBoeve de Haumtoneis an early medieval narrative that focuses on cross-cultural interaction within a framework that combines political, social and religious events with geographical exploration both in the East and the West. Similarly,Bevis of Hamptonis the Middle English version that reshapes the socio historical and religious events on which their sources have focused. The aim of this article is to explore the idea that another East existed during the Middle Ages. This article will address the question of what relationBoeve de Haumtone and Bevis of Hampton mighthave to crusading geography. It will be argued how and why the East is not portrayed as a scary, evil place as it is in other contemporary romances, and the evidence for this may be presented by the hero's preference for living in the East for the rest of his life.