Treason and the Charge of Sodomy in the Lai de Lanval

  title={Treason and the Charge of Sodomy in the Lai de Lanval},
  author={Stefan Jurasinski},
  journal={Romance Quarterly},
  pages={290 - 302}
Scholarship on Marie de France's Lai de Lanval has long held Guinevere's accusation of homosexuality against Lanval to have been motivated by hurt feelings: it is made, in the words of one commentator, "in the fury of a woman scorned." This article suggests that subtler motives may have been apparent to the text's earliest audiences. By the twelfth century, sodomy was increasingly categorized by ecclesiastical legislation as a kind of treason. Accordingly, it is likely that Guinevere's charge… 
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