Presentation Title

Was Violence Always Entertaining?

Faculty Mentor

Samuel Claussen

Start Date

23-11-2019 12:30 PM

End Date

23-11-2019 12:45 PM

Location

Markstein 201

Session

oral 3

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

humanities_letters

Abstract

Violence is at the forefront of modern entertainment. It stands as the focus of several sports, movies, television and video games regardless of the intended audience. Were people as far back as the middle ages entertained by violence in their media? Folklore and common stories of the middle ages, such as “The Squire of Low Degree,” contain violence inherent to plot and Tournament culture is an entertaining display of inherent violent conflict. Violence was heavily present in Medieval entertainment in the late Medieval era, but the violence contributed to themes of honor and grandeur instead of glorifying the violence itself. The role of violence in entertainment suggests that violence was heavily present in society and utilizing it in entertainment was a form of reducing the negative aspects of violence while retaining the positive aspects. This research was conducted by analyzing primary source documents.

Keywords: Violence, Medieval Europe, Entertainment, Folklore, Tournaments, Knights, Chivalry, Honor, Combat, Crusade

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Nov 23rd, 12:30 PM Nov 23rd, 12:45 PM

Was Violence Always Entertaining?

Markstein 201

Violence is at the forefront of modern entertainment. It stands as the focus of several sports, movies, television and video games regardless of the intended audience. Were people as far back as the middle ages entertained by violence in their media? Folklore and common stories of the middle ages, such as “The Squire of Low Degree,” contain violence inherent to plot and Tournament culture is an entertaining display of inherent violent conflict. Violence was heavily present in Medieval entertainment in the late Medieval era, but the violence contributed to themes of honor and grandeur instead of glorifying the violence itself. The role of violence in entertainment suggests that violence was heavily present in society and utilizing it in entertainment was a form of reducing the negative aspects of violence while retaining the positive aspects. This research was conducted by analyzing primary source documents.

Keywords: Violence, Medieval Europe, Entertainment, Folklore, Tournaments, Knights, Chivalry, Honor, Combat, Crusade