Anonymous: Gamelyn (2576 words)

Geert Van Iersel (Fontys University of Applied Sciences)
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The Tale of Gamelyn is a Middle English romance about the exploits and coming of age of a knight’s son who has been denied his inheritance by his eldest brother. While it is not, itself, widely known, it shares much of its plot with Thomas Lodge’s Rosalynde: Euphues Golden Legacie (1590) which, in turn, appears to have provided most of the story matter for William Shakespeare’s As You Like It (ca. 1600). Lodge is commonly assumed to have drawn on some form of The Tale of Gamelyn when he wrote his early novel, greatly expanding it to include a romantic plotline and the story of a king in exile (Skeat, 1884, pp. xvii-xxiii; Dunn, 1967, p. 32; …

Citation: Van Iersel, Geert. "Gamelyn". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 January 2018 [, accessed 26 September 2022.]

38767 Gamelyn 3 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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