Medieval Complaint (4902 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay


The complaint, in its broadest terms, refers to an expression of grievance against public or private injustices in literature. In the medieval period, there was a strong tradition of complaint derived from classical and Biblical texts. Complaints could be found across a variety of genres and in different forms, and spanning from Early English laments to later medieval protests. The tradition of the complaint did not end with the Middle Ages, but rather it flourished during the Early Modern period and has continued to the present day. This article focuses on complaints written between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries, when the idea of the complaint became more distinguished from other …

Citation: Menmuir, Rebecca. "Medieval Complaint". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 July 2022 [, accessed 05 October 2022.]

209 Medieval Complaint 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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