Further thoughts and new approaches

News of the projected and locally created comic Legends of Sir Bevis has been the incentive to think again about the characters in the 14th century story and it is too easy to dismiss the Countess as a type of ‘wicked stepmother’. I hope to examine her characterisation in ways that reveal more about perceptions of the consequences of political marriages. The more I look at her, the more impressed I am with the complexity of the construction and the scribe/redactor appears not just as a writer addressing a contemporary political agenda, but as one who has an intrinsic interest in the representation of multi-dimensional characters created from familiar tropes and motifs. As in so much else, the scribe/redactor seems to prefigure the work of Chaucer half a century later.

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