Rodriguez Velasco, 'The Chivalresque
Worlds in Tirant lo Blanc' (pp.
Appropriately, in attempting to act out that ritualistic dimension, both Mathieu and Klein resorted to chivalresque
costumes and aristocratic antics.
While presenting clear parallels with episodes from chivalresque
novels such as Palmenn de Inglaterra (Murillo, Don Quijote I, 19: 230), its self-styled oddity prompted scholars to seek out actual historical precedents.
Neither Christian nor practicing Jew, he carries the pistol to avenge his honor in chivalresque
fashion, but does not fire it.
Therefore, Mendoza mirrors Cervantes's literary objective in Don Quijote, which was to undermine the authority of another fictional form (namely the chivalresque
novel), by unmasking and questioning the authority of the nineteenth-century urban novel.
Decadent touches in these chansons, which prefigure the chivalresque
novel, include, along with the defects noted by Rychner, references by the jongleur to himself, sermons on the attributes of a good king and on the good old days, court intrigues, a deal offered by the Pope to Guillaume by which, if victorious, he can have all the wives he wants (Coronation 390-91), and a lengthy prayer begun by this same hero in the middle of a pitched battle.