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Medieval Literature and Culture. The Middle Ages (to ca. 1485) 1.

Medieval Literature and Culture

概論General Introduction and 2. 時代背景Historical Background The Middle Ages (to ca. 1485), or medireview period, designates the time span from the collapse of the Roman empire to the Renaissance. For English literature the medireview period extends for more than eight hundred years, from Caedmon’s Hymn at the end of the seventh century to Everyman at the beginning of the sixteenth. Two periods—the Old English (or Anglo-Saxon) and the Middle English—are sharply distinguished from each other as a result of the Norman Conquest of the island in 1066 and will be discussed separately in this unit.

Middle English Genres: Courtly Romance; Breton Lay (short romantic poem, not a song); Fabliaux (fable-like short story with a snappy ending); Tragedy (through medireview eyes, at least); Exempla; Sermon (or didactic treatise); Beast Fable. Medieval Period. Medieval Literature (c. 350 – c. 1475) The Medieval period runs from the end of Late Antiquity in the fourth century to the English Renaissance of the late fifteenth century.

Medieval Period

The early portion of the Medieval period in England is dominated by Anglo-Saxons, whose language is incomprehensible to today's speakers of English. That early portion is known as the Old English period. (It is covered in a separate section of this website.) Medieval Literature. Facts and interesting information about Medieval Life,specifically, Medieval Literature Medieval Literature - The Dark Ages and the BardsEnglish Medieval literature had, so far as we know, no existence until Christian times of the Dark Ages when Latin was the language of English literature.

Medieval Literature

English Medieval literature was not written. It is was passed by word of mouth from one generation to another by English, Welsh and Irish bards. Medieval English Literature. In a Nutshell What do these things have in common?

Medieval English Literature

A king wielding a magical sword named ExcaliburA rude red-haired guy telling a highly-embellished fart jokeTruly righteous jousting tournaments with armored knights A woman who sees visions of Jesus and warns people to repent their sins If you guessed "Things I Saw On My Last Trip to Las Vegas," you lose. These kings, jesters, knights, and maidens fair (and ugly) are all lifted straight from medieval literature. And you thought you might be in for a real snooze fest with this one. Medieval Period - Castles, Weapons, Torture Devices, and History. Medieval History, Castles. MedievalPlus.com The Middle Ages is a period in European history which, along with its adjective ‘Medieval’, was first referred to by italian scholars and academics of the late fifteenth century.

Medieval History, Castles

They were basically stating that the society in which they now lived was significantly more civilized and advanced in many ways, than that which had existed during the previous thousand years. This may have been true within certain elite sections of Italian society which had begun to emulate the art and philosophy of ancient Greece, but generally in Italy and Europe overall no all-pervading change had occurred. Historians since that time have, however, used the terms 'middle ages' and medieval as a convenient way to refer to that general period in European history. Courtly Love in the Middle Ages: Definition, Characteristics & Rules.

Explore this lesson on courtly love, an essential concept to understanding relationships between men and women in medieval literature.

Courtly Love in the Middle Ages: Definition, Characteristics & Rules

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Geoffrey Chaucer. Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London sometime between 1340 and 1344 to John Chaucer and Agnes Copton.

Geoffrey Chaucer

John Chaucer was an affluent wine merchant and deputy to the king’s butler. Through his father’s connections, Geoffrey held several positions early in his life, serving as a noblewoman’s page, a courtier, a diplomat, a civil servant, and a collector of scrap metal. His early life and education were not strictly documented although it can be surmised from his works that he could read French, Latin, and Italian. In 1359, Chaucer joined the English army’s invasion of France during the Hundred Years’ War and was taken prisoner; King Edward III of England paid his ransom in 1360.

In 1366, Chaucer married Philipa de Roet, who was a lady-in-waiting to Edward III’s wife. Chaucer’s early work is heavily influenced by love poetry of the French tradition, including the Romaunt of the Rose (c. 1370) and Saint Cecilia (c. 1373), later used as the “Second Nun’s Tale” in the Canterbury Tales.