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

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524 Boethius writes the Consolation of Philosophy, which will be translated from Latin into every major medieval European language and become highly influential in medieval literature.
800 Charlemagne, who encouraged education and literature, is crowned emperor of the Romans and king of the Franks.
870 Viking settlers found the colony of Iceland, which will become the major source of medieval Scandinavian literature.
c. 895 Anglo-Saxon king Alfred, who encourages learning at his court, translates Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy from Latin into Anglo-Saxon.
948 Egil Skallagrímsson, Scandinavian skaldic poet whose life is celebrated in the Icelandic saga, Egil's Saga (1230), writes Head Ransom while awaiting execution by King Erik Bloodaxe.
c. 970 Anglo-Saxon lyric and narrative poems, including "The Wanderer," "The Seafarer," "The Ruin," and "The Wife's Lament," are copied into a manuscript collection later called Exeter Book.
c. 1000 The only surviving manuscript version of the Anglo-Saxon heroic poem Beowulf is written...

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