"Hert-huntyng" in the "Book of the Duchess."

Author / Editor
Grennen, Joseph E.

"Hert-huntyng" in the "Book of the Duchess."

Modern Language Quarterly 25 (1964): 131-39.

Identifies parallels between the effects of grief on the Black Knight in BD (486-512) and late-medieval medical descriptions of the "falling of the heart" due to sorrow or distress, quoting parallels from John of Gaddesden and Jacopo Berengario Da Carpi. Argues that Chaucer was influenced by writings on medicine and hunting when he depicted the Knight's grief in the context of a successful hert-hunt, suggesting a degree of consolation for lost love.

Chaucer Subjects
Book of the Duchess
Sources, Analogues, and Literary Relations
Language and Word Studies