For a while now I've been working on love in several guises, struck by the sheer variety of ways in which different cultures in different times and places keep this space of rational immunity open and yet protected, by the uncanny errantry
of its labor--the ways it conjures myths of domesticity and safety that can heighten its fragility--and by its lasting, singular bravado.
Arwen does not ride out "on errantry
," as do her brothers; instead, like her father, she remains at Rivendell, inspiring events through her relationship with Aragorn from afar.
Perhaps what I am trying to say is that Beckwith's near-fetishization of the ties that bind in medieval York can be read as an analytical position informed by her own nostalgia for an idealized past, or maybe even as a romanticizing gesture that might align with another "Academic Romance," David Lodge's Small Worlds, in which member of the scholarly community meet at conferences in a contemporary version of pilgrimage and knight errantry
No one dreamed it was anything but a burlesque of the knight errantry
books, so there was nothing to interpret.
He had been much given to reading worldly books of fiction and knight errantry
, and feeling well enough to read, he asked for some of these books to help while away the time.
It was a long, long trail a'winding from Picardy Place, Edinburgh, via Stonyhurst to Spiritism, but the pilgrimage was one of knight errantry
, and Professor Orel's gatherings from the wayside flourish a very worthwhile adornment of the old crusader's standards.