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Creativity, the trickster, and the cunning harper king: A study of the minstrel disguise entrance trick in “King Horn” and “Sir Orfeo”

What does a hero do when he finds himself in an impossible situation where customary tactics are useless; magic is not in the cards, and divine intervention unlikely? He could give up. Or he could use cunning. In both King Horn and Sir Orfeo, the hero wiggles out of just such a squeeze by using a minstrel disguise entrance trick—a sort of musical Trojan horse for which the enemy’s closely guarded gates swing open in welcome.

A King, A Ghost, Two Wives, and the Triumph of Love: Romance, Confession and Penance in Sir Orfeo and The Gast of Gy

A King, A Ghost, Two Wives, and the Triumph of Love: Romance, Confession and Penance in Sir Orfeo and The Gastof Gy Noone, Kristin Marginalia, Vol. 7 (2008) Abstract Sin, confession, penance, and love are intertwining themes in Middle English penitential romances, and the poems Sir Orfeo and The Gast of Gy are no exceptions. They fall clearly […]

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