The Geraint and Enid episodes from Idylls of the King, among the first in order of composition as in the eventual epic, exemplify Tennyson's attempt to be the laureate for his age- the laureate whose hero and heroine may go questing like medieval knight and lady but ultimately face their greatest challenges in learning how to fulfill the roles of husband and wife in a particularly Victorian domestic arrangement. According to Tosh, "To form a household, to exercise authority over dependants, and to shoulder the responsibility of maintaining and protecting them- these things set the seal on a man's gender identity" (p. 108).
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