No Pain, No Gain: Violence as Symbolic Capital in Malory's Morte d'Arthur
Romances like Malory's Morte d'Arthur endorse a sexual economy of structured violent exchanges in which masculinity is builty around the continual circulation of women and wealth as rewards for sanctioned violence.
Finke, Laurie A. and Shichtman, Martin B., "No Pain, No Gain: Violence as Symbolic Capital in Malory's Morte d'Arthur" (1998). Arthuriana 8(2): 115-134. Faculty Publications. Paper 16.