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Late advances in neuroscience are piling up evidence supporting the idea that the understanding of emotion-related language is based on an embodied knowledge which makes it possible to recognize described events. Accordingly, investigations on emotion-related words in medieval arthurian novels should provide meaningful clues on the role of corresponding affective states in narrative descriptions and their expected appreciation among readers and audiences. The present study, which focuses on words ire and peor in Chevalier de la Charrette, is based on evidence supporting the idea that Chrétien de Troyes tends to cluster emotion words and locutions in consistent textual segments which describe emotionally-relevant circumstances and events. Evident co-occurrence makes it possible to identify and describe an emergent emotional system which underlies the thematic plan of the novel. In details, it will be shown that affective states defining the emotional system of medieval arthurian verse novels: 1) affect specific characters; 2) entail frequent reference to somatic correlates; 3) typically relate to descriptions of perceptual events; 4) underlay decision-making processes leading to purposeful intentional actions. Provided evidence supports the idea that the perspectivism of the medieval novel, which certainly affects character-specific perceptual point of view on narrated events, also applies to emotionally-relevant descriptions. Indeed, descriptions of emotional states differ on the basis of gender, age, rank and are consistent with the role the affected characters play in social context.