ENGL 2000 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Illuminated Manuscript, Dream Vision, Elegy

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Constance goes from Rome to Syria to North Umberland back to Rome
- Cyclical story
- Starts off the story, goes through multiple tests, returns pure
o Female saints often get tests much more than male saints
Usually passively suffering
Constance has things done to her rather than her doing things
King Allah has knight swear on Bible that Constance murdered the Lady
- God kills knight for lying
o Constance is still passive here
Constance has a baby with the King
- Writes a letter to husband while he’s away
o Mother intercepts letter and rewrites it
Does the same thing with the Kings return letter
After being banished Constance leaves with Maurice
- Banished by mother
o Said it was what King wanted
It wasn’t actually
Constance is put in same ship they found her in
- Must never return to palace
- Everyone is crying
o Different from Syria where no one wanted her
- Has child with her
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Constance goes from rome to syria to north umberland back to rome. Starts off the story, goes through multiple tests, returns pure: female saints often get tests much more than male saints, usually passively suffering. Constance has things done to her rather than her doing things: king allah has knight swear on bible that constance murdered the lady. God kills knight for lying: constance is still passive here, constance has a baby with the king. Writes a letter to husband while he"s away: mother intercepts letter and rewrites it, does the same thing with the kings return letter, after being banished constance leaves with maurice. Banished by mother: said it was what king wanted. It wasn"t actually: constance is put in same ship they found her in. Everyone is crying: different from syria where no one wanted her. Has child with her: puts him to sleep because he"s crying.

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