After a lot of nibbling away and digging into what would previously have felt like arcane areas of research, the line through my argument seems to be getting clearer, and at present it feels defensible to say that Boeve was created for a Southampton audience. That it had one or more local patrons and that this suggestion can be justified by reference to a variety of sources, even though there is no extant record of the poem’s creation.
In addition to this, I believe the poem may indicate something significant with regard to a ceremonial greeting in a known historical context. This admittedly is a more tentative suggestion, and needs further work, but it’s hard to ignore. Although the main focus of the poem is always going to be the hero’s adventures because they are the most accessible aspect, for a contemporary audience its historical allusions and echoes would have been both relevant, and just as entertaining.