Middle Ages

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

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  • The Literary Encyclopedia. WORLD HISTORY AND IDEAS: A CROSS-CULTURAL VOLUME.

Introduction Historical and Geographical Considerations Social Structure Literary History Philosophical and Religious Thought Mystical Literature Jewish History and Literature The End of the Middle Ages Conclusion Suggested Reading

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The European Middle Ages, despite its foreignness (alterity) and chronological distance from us today, exert tremendous fascination on people in the modern and postmodern world. In fact, the medieval world seems to be more alive and important for us today than ever before. There are movies with medieval themes (Crusades, Excalibur, Courtly Love, the Nibelungen), movies focusing especially on the characters King Arthur, Robin Hood, Tristan, Saladin, Gawain, Merlin, and Joan of Arc; movie parodies such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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Citation: Classen, Albrecht. "Middle Ages". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 December 2003 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=1354, accessed 25 May 2024.]

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