Medieval literature

Dive into the rich history of medieval literature and discover captivating tales of knights, kings, and mythical creatures. Uncover hidden gems and timeless classics that will transport you to a bygone era of storytelling.
This page comes from the Ellesmere Manuscript of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, written in Middle English. The Scribe, Adam Pinkhurst, was known for his elegant hand, but he wrote to conserve space on the page. Canterbury, History, Medieval, Religion, Tales, Dante Alighieri, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Libri

The English language has been subject to change for thousands of years. Major events such as the Battle of Hastings, the invention of the printing press, and the standardization of spelling have drastically changed the way we speak. Understanding these changes, English continues to grow and change, adapting to the needs of the modern world and the future.

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School curricula also explain why ancient grammatical literature was transmitted in surprising quantities across medieval Europe and the Mediterranean, including educational material for the study not only of Latin but also of ancient Greek. Popular texts, such as Priscian’s 5th-century Institutes of Latin Grammar, survive in large numbers, sometimes annotated with glosses or notes added in classrooms, as in this example from 11th-century France. Decoupage, Ancient Writing, Roman Literature, Manuscript, Greek Writing, Ancient Book, Ancient Books, Medieval Manuscript, Ancient Romans

Works written by ancient Greek and Roman authors have made a major impact on the world’s culture and society. They profoundly shaped medieval thought, as you can discover in Cillian O’Hogan’s article The Classical Past on the Polonsky England and France 700-1200 project website. Compared to their afterlife and significance,...

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