Chapter published in:Biografies invisibles / Invisible Biographies: Marginats i marginals / Marginates and marginals
Edited by Vicent Josep Escartí
[IVITRA Research in Linguistics and Literature 28] 2021
► pp. 226–232
Aspetti della marginalità sessuale in alcuni romanzi medievali
Aspects of sexual marginality in some medieval novels
In medieval French Literature there are many more or less veiled references to the hero’s homosexuality. One of the best known, explicit this time, is certainly that of Lanval of Marie de France. This fact is in line with a tradition in the Celtic word, which, for example, according to the attestation of Diodorus Siculus, considered the Celts notoriously attracted to the same sex. It should be emphasized that for most of the situations the fact of accusing of homosexuality as a negative aspect of the personality is a function of something else, for example as the justification of a lack of attention for the queen (Lanval) or to induce Lavinia to refuse the love of Aeneas (Roman d’Eneas). And, among all the texts of medieval French literature dealing with sexual marginality, in this case homosexuality, the anonymous Roman d’Eneas (c. 1165) is undoubtely one of the most significant. But allusions on the same topic can be found in the episode of the visit to the Sibilla in the Guerrin Meschino, an Italian novel written by Andrea da Barberino (c. 1410), as well as in its French translation by Jean de Rochemeure.
Published online: 17 September 2021
Babbi, A. M.