Medieval Europe 814-1450: Literature - Research Article from Arts and Humanities Through the Eras

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Documentary Sources in Literature

Andreas Capellanus, Art of Courtly Love (1185)—Written under the patronage of Marie of Champagne, this treatise on conducting relationships according to the rules of fin'amors influenced the depiction of love in medieval romances and lyric poetry.

Beowulf (c. 1000)—The earliest extensive literary work produced in England, this alliterative heroic narrative poem in Old English (Anglo-Saxon) tells the story of a hero with super-human strength who slays the monster Grendel and the monster's vengeful mother, and then, many years later, is killed in a confrontation with a fire-breathing dragon. The poem demonstrates the tribal heroic code of thanes and lords, and illustrates oral-formulaic style.

Giovanni Boccaccio, Decameron (c. 1351)—This Italian-language collection of "One Hundred Stories" uses a frame tale about ten young people fleeing the plague in Florence to take refuge in a country house where they tell stories illustrating...

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