Sue Burke (mount_oregano) wrote,
Sue Burke

Kings and their money are soon parted

What should a medieval king spend his money on?

As you know, on another blog I'm translating Amadis of Gaul chapter by chapter. It's a medieval novel of chivalry, and in the chapter I posted today, King Lisuarte of Great Britain has called his noblemen together and asked their advice on what he should do to better serve God and achieve greater honor.

The final decision may seem strange to us in the 21st century, but we shouldn't doubt that it was deemed wise 700 years ago. Amadis often alternates between episodes of high adventure and passages meant to provide examples of good behavior.

Notice that Barsinan, the lord of Saxony, is scheming to remove Lisuarte from the throne (stay tuned!), so he offers bad advice.

You can read it here:

— Sue Burke

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