‘Je Hé Guerre, Point Ne La Doy Prisier’: Peace and the Emotions of War in the Prison Poetry of Charles d’Orléans

Wednesday 6 April 2022

Downes, S. 2015. Emotions and War: Medieval to Romantic Literature, edited by S. Downes, et al., London, Palgrave Macmillan UK.   

This text investigates how the poetry of Charles d’Orleans, an aristocratic war prisoner, can be used to express ideas about pacifism through love and a willingness to die rather than fight on. In this survey of Late Medieval poetry, the political function of verse is studied alongside an investigation of the importance of the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial in Ballarat, Victoria. The author, thus, universalises the suffering of war and imprisonment across historical contexts and discusses how this rhetoric can be used as a foundation upon which to build and promote peace.

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